19th-century painting of the Gallic leader Brennus looting Rome after the Battle of the Allia in 390 BC
Pompeia Plotina Claudia Phoebe Piso or Potius piolet (d. 121/122) was a Roman Empress and wife of Roman Emperor Trajan. She was renowned for her interest in philosophy, and her virtue, dignity and simplicity
Catherine (1519-1589) was an heiress of the infamous Medici dynasty of Florence, and married Henri in 1533. They were crowned king and queen of France in 1547. In 1559, her husband died and Catherine began her singular odyssey as the central power in France. She was the mother of the last three Valois kings, Francois II (who wed Mary, queen of Scots), Charles IX, and Henri III.