Agnolo di Cosimo (Bronzino) [Florentine. 1503–1572]
Maria (di Cosimo I) de’ Medici 1551

Maria was the eldest daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Eleonora di Toledo, Spanish noblewoman and Duchess of Florence from 1539.

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.

anonymous asked:

Do you have imaginary friends?

yea my imaginary boyfriend, cosimo de’ medici, that i keep telling my aunt that i ran away with to live in switzerland after he was kicked out of florence.