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|"the Queen my daughter. I can only fear that she finds herself ill" - Catherine de Medici|
Manuscript Letter, Signed, in French, folio, La Frere, August 26, 1567.
Catherine inquires about the health of her daughter, Elisabeth (1545-68), wife of King Philip II of Spain. To the French ambassador to Spain, Raymond de Rouer, Baron de Fourquevaux (1508-74). "Considering that is has already been a month since you last wrote us and that you could only have been unaware of this length of time if it were a question of news which would put us in great pain. I wished to send you this courier in order to find out whether this news concerns the Queen my daughter. I can only fear that she finds herself ill and so did not send her letters through your last dispatch. I ask you to send the courier back along the road to Bayonne right after he receives what news you can give me, and to continue to report news of her health at regular intervals. Hoping God grants you good and long life..." She signs, "Catherine."
Catherine appointed Fourquevaux ambassador to Spain in 1565, and he remained at this post until 1572. The year following this letter, on October 3, 1568, he reported to Catherine that her daughter, Elisabeth, had died following a miscarriage. Letters between mother and daughter suggest an affectionate relationship.
In fine condition, with association to European royalty of the mid 16th century.
|Location of Origin: Europe|
|Primary Classification: Antique Books, Manuscripts, and Maps : Historical Documents, Letters & Autographs|
|Catherine de Medici (1519-89) was a powerful Italian noblewoman, daughter of Lorenzo de Medici, and wife of King Henry II of France, Queen consort (1547-59). After Henry's death, Catherine influenced French politics through her three sons, each of whom became king: Frances II, Charles IX and Henry III.|
Catherine's eldest daughter, Elisabeth, was Phillip II's third wife. Elisabeth was 14 when she married Phillip II in 1559. Then considered the most powerful ruler in Europe, he would be defeated by Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1588, 21 years after this letter.
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