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Intro to Catherine de Medici: Why do we love to hate a woman in power?
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History's leading ladies often come with a bad reputation. What can the Black Queen teach us about the misunderstood women of the past?

Catherine de Medici: a true villain, or another victim of history’s misrepresentation of female monarchs?

Since her reign in the 16th Century, Catherine de Medici’s name has been synonymous with cruelty, crazed lust for power and cold-blooded murder. And yet female monarchs have been misrepresented, misunderstood and maligned throughout history. 

So, what’s the truth? Was Catherine truly the monster she has been painted to be, or a more nuanced and sympathetic figure than we have been led to believe? Join Dr. Leah Redmond Chang to find out.

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Given the story seems more nuanced, why is Catherine still being taught as a Machiavellian politician? Can the narrative defined in her day ever be 'over ridden'?
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You say the French considered Catherine Italian when she was younger. How do you think she considered herself? Medici? French?
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Leah was fantastic. Thank you for opening my eyes, I grew up convinced Catherine de Medici was a "villain". Loved the parallel with Hillary Clinton.Audrey
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