Catherine de' Medici "The Black Queen"

Further Exploration

Follow in Catherine’s fashionable footsteps. Read about how she influenced the development of high heels:

Fibre 2 Fashion. “Heels Over The Years.”

Learn more about Nostradamus, Catherine’s advisor and suspected sorcerer, who reportedly predicted Henry II’s death:

Harris, Tom. “How Nostradamus Works.” How Stuff Works.

Take a closer look at the Chateau Royal de Blois, where Catherine allegedly kept her stock of poisons, and where she died:

Chateau Royal de Blois.

For something visually delightful—but regretfully in French—take a look at this charming and clever animation of Catherine’s life. If you’ve read our book, you’ll be able to follow the story and enjoy the pictures:

Vodpod. “Catherine de Médicis.”


Atlas Obscura. “Catherine De Medici’s Chamber of Secrets.”

De Balzac, Honore. La Comedie Humaine of Honore De Balzac. General Books LLC, 2010.

Frieda, Leonie. Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France. Harper Perennial, 2003.

JustWebIt. “Catherine de Medici.”

Knecht, R.J. Catherine de’Medici. Longman, 1997.

Life in Italy. “The Perfumes of the Queen: Catherine de Medici.”

Medici Violins. “Legacy of Medici & Stradivari.”

Random History. “Dangerous Elegance: A History of High-Heeled Shoes.” Posted April 9, 2008.

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