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Catherine and Henry
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Real Names: Catherine de' Medici
Henry II of France
Ages: 39
Originally From: Florence, Italy
Paris, France
Status: Widower


Length of Relationship:

24 years


Kingdom of Italy
Kingdom of France

First appearance: Pilot

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"- I have always loved you!

- You are the love of my life"

King Henry and Queen Catherine

Early life

Pope Clement VII arranged the marriage of Catherine de' Medici to the second son of the French king, Prince Henry. The marriage took place in France when they were both 14 years old. Catherine and Henry were very much in love, even though he had been seeing another woman before their marriage, Catherine was surprised when Diane de Poitiers continued to stay in Henry's life. Diane got pregnant first and delivered a baby boy. However Catherine was soon pregnant, and gave birth to Francis named after Henry's older brother. Soon Catherine was pregnant with a second child, Elizabeth.

Two years later, Henry's father died, and Henry became the new King of France, making Prince Francis the new heir to the throne. Years passed, and Catherine and Henry had several more children.

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Strange Bedfellow
Mary Stuart begins looking for any Catholic males in the line of succession. The most likely candidate was distant cousin of her and Elizabeth's named Joseph Tudor. After Mary Tudor died and Queen Elizabeth turned England Protestant, Joseph fled to France. Joseph Tudor appealed to King Henry and Queen Catherine for asylum when Elizabeth took the throne, and started persecuting all of Mary Tudor's Catholic supporters. As France is a Catholic monarchy, King Henry granted him sanctuary.


Historical Notes

  • Prince Henry and Catherine de' Medici were married when they were both 14. However, at the time, Henry was a Duke and second in-line next to his brother, while Catherine was a noble woman.
  • Henry and Catherine had 10 children together, 7 of whom made it to adulthood.
  • Henry became King after he was married when he was 28 and ruled for 12 years.
  • Henry had 3 illegitimate children from different mistresses, and none by Diane de Poitiers.
  • Catherine and Diane de Poitiers were cousins. Diane encouraged Henry to share Catherine's bed more often to produce children.
  • Catherine does receive Château de Chenonceau but not until after King Henry's death in 1559.
  • King Henry was accidentally killed by Lord Montgomery is a jousting competition.
  • The show killed Henry off a year early. He died in 1559, not 1558.


Queen Catherine: They say too many alliances make a king look weak.
King Henry: Then why do we sell our daughter to Spain?! [7]

King Henry: At least your bride has a country and an army, should you need it! [7]

Queen Mary: Elizabeth Is Henry VII's daughter.
King Henry: Yes, by Anne Boleyn. Her parents' marriage was never recognized by the Catholic Church. She's illegitimate, her claim is weak at best. In God's eyes she doesn't even exist!
Queen Catherine: How convenient God has this opinion. As Elizabeth happens to be Protestant. [8]

Queen Catherine: I grow weary of your threats.
King Henry: I grew weary of you a decade ago. [9]

Queen Catherine: Woman don't often say no to Henry. When they do, he thinks it's a game. It usually is. But Mary isn't your usual girl, she's Scotland, she is it's Queen. [9]

Queen Catherine: Kenna, well, let's be kind and call her a seductress. [10]

King Henry: My hands are tied.
Queen Catherine: Who ties the hands of a King?![2]

King Henry: I would not have killed you! Or put you aside! I was in love with you. Could you not have trusted me?
Queen Catherine: Trust you? You're killing me now!
King Henry: We are not the same people.Maybe I had something to do with that.
Queen Catherine: Trust does not come easily to me. [2]

Queen Catherine: Those two naive children, they're dead now. We killed them. [2]

Queen Catherine: Don’t try to school a professional Henry. [1]

Queen Catherine: Ohh...This was my favourite covolet.
King Henry: Add it to the list of my debts to you. [1]

King Henry: She deserved a better end.
Queen Catherine: Don’t we all. [1]

Queen Catherine: As my husband would attest, I’m not a judgmental person…Henry?
King Henry: She’s really not. [1]

King Henry: It was a lesson each woman understood in her last moment. About who is King, and who is not. [11]

King Henry: I will not be so demeaned by a woman!
Queen Catherine: Yes, I can see that. [12]

King Henry: Ahh Kenna. With death comes wisdom. What did I ever see in her?
Queen Catherine: Well it was her ass. You mentioned it many times.
Lady Kenna: Are you talking to me?
Queen Catherine: ...Why would I talk to you?
Lady Kenna: You just said something about my ass.
Queen Catherine: Not everything is about your ass Kenna. [13]

King Henry: I have always loved you. And the children!
Queen Catherine: When it was convenient. When it didn’t keep you from your indulgences that you craved! [14]

Queen Catherine: I let you back in my bed again, and again because I loved you. I taught you that it was ok! [14]

Queen Catherine: I don’t want you back! [14]

Queen Catherine: Return to your hell, and leave me to mine. [14]


Season One
Pilot Snakes in the Garden Kissed Hearts and Minds A Chill in the Air Chosen Left Behind Fated For King and Country Sacrifice Inquisition
Royal Blood Consummation Dirty Laundry The Darkness Monsters Liege Lord No Exit Toy Soldiers Higher Ground Long Live The King Slaughter Of Innocence
Season Two
The Plague Drawn and Quartered Coronation The Lamb and the Slaughter Blood for Blood Three Queens The Prince of the Blood Terror of the Faithful Acts of War Mercy Getaway
Banished Sins of the Past The End of Mourning Forbidden Tasting Revenge Tempting Fate Reversal of Fortune Abandoned Fugitive The Siege Burn