Excerpt from The Girlhood of Catherine De' Medici The subject of the following pages has recently been treated by a German writer, Herr Alfred von Reumont, in a small volume published at Berlin in 1854. If any reader should think it worth his while to compare that work with this, he will at once see that neither of them in any wise crosses the path of the other. Indeed, the far greater portion of my volume was written before I had an opportunity of seeing that of Herr von Reumont. That I was occupied upon the subject long before the appearance of Herr von Reumont's work, the dedicatory epistle of which is dated Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin, i.e., in more mundane phrase, 15th August, 1854, is in some degree testified by a letter of mine, published in the Athen um on the 29th of July, 1854, in which, speaking of the recent arrangement of the Archivio Centrale Tosca, I mentioned incidentally that I was engaged on some inquiries into the history of the early part of the life of Catherine de' Medici. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.