catherine of medicis

In 1578 Catherine de Medici was reported praising Elizabeth Tudor’s Christian love of peace: “For her part, she was also a woman, and as became her sex, desired nothing more than a general quietness”. Her communication with Elizabeth Tudor had often figured herself as a parent writing to a child. In June 1572 Catherine had told Elizabeth that “I love you as a mother loves her daughter”, and the maternal rhetoric resumed, in light of the possible Alencon marriage, quite soon after the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.
—  Sarah Gristwood, Game of Queen’s.