What a terribly sad story. I'd never heard that there was any truth behind the fairy tale before this. Sadly, the idea that Catherine de Medici could behave in such a dehumanizing way to a family of *human beings* isn't surprising at all. I'm glad Pedro and Catherine were able to live out the rest of their lives together, but how heartbreaking to lose more than half of their children. This was fascinating and tragic - thank you for sharing.