About Catherine de' Medici, Governor of Siena
Catherine de' Medici (2 May 1593 – 17 April 1629) was Duchess of Mantua and Montferrat as the second wife of Duke Ferdinando and Goveror of Siena from 1627. She was the second daughter of Grand Duke Ferdinando I of Tuscany and his wife Christina of Lorraine. She had no issue.
The second daughter and third child of Grand Duke Ferdinando I and Christina of Lorraine, Catherine, named after the eponymous Queen of France, was born in Florence on 2 May 1593. Catherine was considered as a potential spouse to Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, heir to the three Kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland, but his Anglican religion presented an insurmountable barrier. Nevertheless, she married in 1617 Ferdinando Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and Monteferrat; the marriage, however, was childless. Upon being made a widow in 1626, she returned to Tuscany. Her nephew, Grand Duke Ferdinando II, created her Governess of Siena in 1627, where she died of smallpox two years later. In later life, Catherine garnered a reputation for intense piety. Historian Colonel G.F. Young asserts that she bore a striking resemblance to her brother Cosimo II and sister Claudia. She was interred in the Medicean necropolis, the Basilica of San Lorenzo.