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  • The said doctor can easily practise upon a page, and, if he does well, he can use his remedies on my son.
    Catherine De' Medici (1519-1589), French queen (1547-1559); regent and advisor to her son, King Charles IX (1560-1574). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 8, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). Said c. 1572 with reference to her youngest son, Francis, duke of Alencon and Anjou (1554-1584), who Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603) was being urged to marry. Elizabeth expressed many reservations, including Alencon's youth and badly smallpox-scarred face. An English doctor asked permission to remove the scars. In the end, Elizabeth never married at all.

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