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Loire. The Land of Castles
Caterina De' Medici. 1560
This castle stands on the river Cher,
in the French department of Indre-et-Loire.
In 1559, after the death of my husband, Henri II of France, I discovered that he had left the castle of my dreams to an unknown person, who was not part of our family, called Diane de Poitiers. She was a woman of the nobility and an advisor to my husband, the king. After finding out that they were involved in a love affair, I was furious,
so I decided to force her to exchange castles. As soon as I managed to get my wonderful castle back, I made it my favourite residence. I extended the garden, turning it into a gigantic land covered with beautiful, colourful flowers.
I ordered the construction of more rooms and halls making it bigger and more sumptuous. I was known to organise the most elegant yet avant-garde parties. One of the most memorable was the ascension to the throne of my son, Francis II. That night the whole palace shone with lights and fire in the sky.
A delicious and superb banquet was organised to celebrate the new king. I remember that it was a great feast and the emotions were beautiful. It was going to be an unforgettable night, spent no less than in a magical place like this castle.
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