Catherine de' Medici "The Black Queen"
Follow in Catherine’s fashionable footsteps. Read about how she influenced the development of high heels:
Fibre 2 Fashion. “Heels Over The Years.” http://www.fibre2fashion.com/industry-article/15/1442/heels-over-the-years1.asp.
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. http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/extrasensory-perceptions/nostradamus.htm.
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. http://www.chateaudeblois.fr/?Gallery-of-photos&lang=en.
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.” http://vodpod.com/watch/1181942-catherine-de-mdicis.
Atlas Obscura. “Catherine De Medici’s Chamber of Secrets.” http://atlasobscura.com/place/catherine-de-medicis-chamber-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.” http://www.justwebit.com/members/38460/information.shtml.
Knecht, R.J. Catherine de’Medici. Longman, 1997.
Life in Italy. “The Perfumes of the Queen: Catherine de Medici.” http://www.lifeinitaly.com/beauty/de-medici-perfume.asp.
Medici Violins. “Legacy of Medici & Stradivari.” http://mediciviolins.com/story.php.
Random History. “Dangerous Elegance: A History of High-Heeled Shoes.” Posted April 9, 2008. http://www.randomhistory.com/1-50/036heels.html.