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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.