Catherine de Medici Letter Signed "Caterine." One page, 8.5" x 13", August 26, 1567. The letter is written in French (not in Catherine's hand) to Raymond de Rouer, Baron de Fourquevaux, a French knight and ambassador to Spain, concerning the health of Catherine's daughter, Queen Elizabeth of Spain. In part Catherine writes, "I wished to send you this courier in order to find out whether this news concerns the queen my daughter. I can only fear that she finds herself ill and so did not send her letters through your last dispatch. I ask you to send the courier back along the road to Bayonne right after he receives what news you can give him and to continue to report news of her health at regular intervals." One year later in October 1567, Fourquevaux informed Catherine of the death of Elizabeth following a miscarriage.

    At the age of fourteen, Catherine de Medici (1519-1589) married Henri II of France. Elizabeth (1545-1568) was one of ten children she bore. Fourquevaux was serving as Catherine's ambassador to Spain when he received this letter, which has docketing and seal remnants on the verso.

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