Lot 289: Influential Italian noblewoman (1519–1589) who was Queen consort of France from 1547 to 1559 and the mother of three French kings: Francis II, Charles IX, and Henry III. LS in French, signed "Catherine," one page, 9 x 14, circa 1588. Untranslated document concerning a payment to the treasury apparently made as part of a monetary settlement following a confession. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, overall foxing, and scattered creases. Failing to quell the hatred between the warring religious factions in her son Henry's kingdom, despite her well-respected diplomatic efforts, Catherine nonetheless enjoyed relative peace during her final years. A superb, boldly signed example from one of the most powerful women in 16th-century Europe.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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