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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS Power. Intrigue. Creativity. Fashion Innovator. Royal Consort. Mother. Survivor. Woman. These concepts and roles are a but few examples attributed to Caterina de’ Medici, who just 14 when she was catapulted into the royal court of Florence in 1533. Much has been written about her persona over the centuries and the complexity of her fabled past will continue to aliment discussion for generations of historians to come. On the advent of the 500th anniversary of her birth, FUA’s hospitality division, Apicius, dedicated its annual spring academic conference to the theme “Caterina de’ Medici: 500 Years of Italian Hospitality.” The daylong program of panels and speakers explored Caterina’s legacy from every angle possible, in particular how a French queen from Tuscany continues to influence dialogs of culture, gender, and politics today. It is through this window of opportunity, examining Caterina de’ Medici through multiple perspectives-roles-modes of being, that our editorial team crafted the meta-theme of “Caterina and Identity” as the basis for this issue. While the many identities and legacies of Caterina de’ Medici are explored in compelling articles throughout the issue, some in particular draw personal connections to Caterina de’ Medici’s identity. Readers may ask: What can we, as contemporary citizens of Florence centuries removed from Caterina de’ Medici or as a student body representing lands far away, possibly identify in common with a Tuscan-French Renaissance queen? Perhaps, for this issue of Blending Magazine, a helpful starting point is imagining her as a young person at the cusp of her identities-to-be: identity as a journey, a sense of becoming, or the discovery of self through the lens of opportunity. Caterina is a prism for our times and we hope that this multifaceted issue provides an ample foray into the reflections generated by this fascinating historical figure. Happy reading, T H E B L E N D I N G S TA F F

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BLENDING Magazine Spring 2019  

The latest Blending Magazine has been released. The Spring 2019 issue was inspired by the FUA spring conference theme Caterina De' Medici: 5...

BLENDING Magazine Spring 2019  

The latest Blending Magazine has been released. The Spring 2019 issue was inspired by the FUA spring conference theme Caterina De' Medici: 5...

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