Mary of Guise could never have imagined she would have a major role in history. Little did she know, circumstances would toss her into the cutthroat world of European politics. Despite her unlikely rise to power, Mary soon proved that she was one tough woman who could cut it in a man’s world.

1. She Had Noble Roots

Mary of Guise was born at Bar-le-Duc, Lorraine on May 9, 1538, to Claude, Duke of Guise and Antoinette de Bourbon. Her family, a branch of the powerful House of Lorraine, was one of France’s most prominent noble lines. But while she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, her family’s connections came with a whole host of…complications.

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