The Weekend Special - Catherine de' Medici - Marriage

On October 28th. 1533, Catherina de' Medici married Henry II (then Prince) of France
in the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins in Marseille. The marriage was blessed by
Pope Clement VII.


Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins in Marseille 
Source: Wikipedia

Catherine didn't see her husband very much in their first year of marriage. 
King Henry (then Prince) showed no interest in Catherine as a wife. 
He openly took mistresses. For the first ten years of the marriage,
Catherine failed to produce any children. 



Painting of Catherine and Henry
Source: Wikipedia

In 1537, one of Henry's mistresses gave birth to a daughter. 
This proved that Henry was fertile. 
The pressure to become pregnant was high by Catherine. 
Finally, in 1544, she gave birth to a son, named after King Francis.
Although Catherine proved that she could bear children, their marriage failed.

In 1538, Henry took a mistress called Diane De Poitiers....
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