Inspired by the existence of Catherine de ‘Medici, queen of France, wife of Henry II of Valois and mother of three kings,’ The Serpent Queen ‘, a fiction freely based on Leonie’s book’ Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France ‘ Frieda, available in Italy on Starzpaly. The English actress Samantha Morton stars alongside Alex Health, Barry Atsma, Coim Meaney, Naomi Battrick, Liv Hill and the very young French star Ludivine Sagnier who lends her face to the historic rival and lover of the French dolphin, Diane de Poitiers . Character of a thousand shadows, cultured, fascinating, complex woman, Caterina de ‘Medici, torn from her native Tuscany to marry the heir to the French throne, never loved consort, who became, after her husband’s premature death during a joust, queen of France and regent for her three children (Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III).
“Every moment of her troubled existence deserves to be represented – said in an interview with the French weekly Point de vue, Justin Haythe, screenwriter and producer of the saga – After all, Caterina de ‘Medici is a sort of classic anti-heroine. Aware of having contracted an arranged marriage manages to enter the good graces of his father-in-law, Francis I, partly by orienting destiny in his favor. I love his intelligence, his sagacity, his intuition – he added – She was a skilled and impassive calculator, woman brilliant, empathic, direct “. “A fatal, nefarious ‘maudite’ queen, it has been written – the actress Liv Hill, who embodies Caterina de Medici as a young man, intervened – she is not like that. She is a woman with a thousand facets”.
The mother, the wife, the queen. You lived in a dramatic and tormented period, in the middle of a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. He defended France, his adopted homeland, sought peace by any means, with all his strength, even through a skilful marriage policy. He tried, unsuccessfully, to save and protect the Valois dynasty within a brutal world, violent between political and religious fronds, amorous rivalries between fairytale décor such as the castle of Chambord. “My goal – Justin Haythe said – was to present a fascinating, complex, very modern character”. Ill loved, Catherine de Medici knows that the fate of France, especially after the death of her husband, is only in her hands. “Maybe – jokes Justin Haythe – she would have liked to be called the ‘serpent queen’. To better control the subjects, the court. The question remains open – he concluded – ‘The serpent queen’ or simply a sovereign misunderstood by history? “.