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Catherine de Medici

Catherine de Medici

Catherine de Medici Biography Catherine de Medici was a formidable woman. She was the daughter of nobility, the mother of kings, and the wife of King Henry II of France. The times through which she lived demanded not a subservient queen but a powerful right hand to those in charge and although there is contention about the way in which ...

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King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII Biography King Henry VIII is probably the most well-known and most studied of English monarchs. His reign is often seen as a prelude to and the forerunner of the British empire. Certainly, without the institutional changes he brought, the wars he fought, and the religious differences he ushered into his country, England, and therefore Britain likely would ...

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Michelangelo

Michelangelo

“There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.” – Michelangelo Michelangelo Biography Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born on 6 March 1475 in the village of Caprese, which is in Tuscany, Italy, approximately 100km to the east of Florence. His family was in the banking business and so while not affluent, they certainly weren’t poor. His father, ...

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Mary I, Queen of England

Mary I of England

“When I am dead and opened, you shall find Calais lying in my heart.” – Mary I of England Mary I Biography Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VIII became Mary I of England and Ireland in the 1500s. She was known for the violent execution of Protestants, which earned her the unfortunate nickname ‘Bloody Mary’ after her death. Mary ...

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Hernando Cortes

Hernando Cortes

“I love to travel, but hate to arrive” – Hernando Cortes Hernando Cortes Biography Hernándo Cortés, the famous, or perhaps more accurately, the infamous explorer was born in 1485 in Medellin, Spain. The son of an upper class, yet not very wealthy family, he began life as a skinny, sickly problem child. By the age of 14, his parents had ...

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