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« On y sentait la mort ». Les morts de Catherine de Médicis

Abstract : "She smelled like death. Her husband instinctively retreated from her, like a worm, born from the tomb of Italy: she was the daughter of a father so spoiled by the great malady of the age that the mother gained her, Died at the same time as he did at the end of a year of marriage. "The girl herself was she alive ? " These words of Michelet tell how death, from the cradle to the grave, radiates the life of Catherine de 'Medici, the engine of her own history and of the history she is going through. The death of Catherine de 'Medici is first, in a genitive sense, the macabre as the property of Catherine de' Medici. Death is its own, something that belongs to it, as a fatality from which it can not get rid. From the wars of Italy to the wars of Religion, from the death of her husband to that of her children, death imposes itself as the central actor of his biography. This article analyzes the objects, mechanisms and stakes of this centrality of death in Catherine de Medicis' life.
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Jérémie Foa. « On y sentait la mort ». Les morts de Catherine de Médicis. Jérémie Foa, Elisabeth Malamut, Charles Zaremba (Dir.). La mort du prince de l’Antiquité à nos jours, PUP, 2016, 979-10-320-0043-4. ⟨hal-01446755⟩



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