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Marie de' Medici (Italian: Maria de' Medici, French: Marie de Médicis; 26 April 1575 – 3 July 1642) was Queen of France as the second wife of King Henry IV.

Born to Francesco I de' Medici, Marie married Henry in 1600, and was crowned Queen of France ten years later. The day after her coronation, Henry was assassinated by François Ravaillac, leaving the queen a widow.

In 1612, she purchased houses from the Duke of Piney-Luxembourg to build a lavish palace designed by Salomon de Brosse, intending to call it the Medici Palace. The Parisians hated Marie however, and insisted on calling it the Luxembourg Palace.


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