|“||You want us to be together? We'll be together when we're all dead.||”|
Clarissa was a strange and almost feral young woman who hides in the shadows. Clarissa’s past was a tantalizing puzzle that will reach out to change the lives around her in ways no one suspects. Clarissa is also an antagonist. During Season One, it was revealed that Clarissa is the daughter and firstborn of Catherine de' Medici Which making her a child of adultery but by royal blood bound by royal blood and because Queen Catherine is her mother she is an illegitimate princess. Clarissa was thought killed by Mary Stuart in order to save Charles' life but was later revealed to be still alive. She had not been seen since Royal Blood but made her return in Reversal of Fortune. She was reunited with Bash but shortly met her end by him in order to save Francis' life.
She was portrayed by Canadian actress, Katie Boland.
|“||History is written by the survivors, and I am surely that.||”|
— Catherine in Left Behind
Catherine de' Medici (Italian: Caterina de' Medici), Queen Dowager of France, is one of the main characters of the series. She is the widow of Henry II and the mother of ten children: Francis, Louis, Charles, Henry III, Elisabeth, Claude, twins: Emone and Henrietta,Louis, Margaret, and Clarissa. She is also the mother-in-law of Philip II and Mary Stuart.
Earlier in the series, Catherine learned from Nostradamus that Mary will cause Francis' death and has plotted to get rid of her in order to protect her son. When both Mary and Francis found out that it was Catherine trying to ruin Mary's reputation or trying to have her killed, Mary refused to go down without a fight as Francis threatened his mother that she would lose him if he continued to go after his fiancé. Finally when Henry decided to push up the wedding date, Catherine told Mary the truth of why she had been trying to get rid of her causing Mary to leave the French Court, seeing how Nostradamus prediction of Aylee never going home came true. However, Mary was soon found by the guards and was returned to the castle. Mary refused to marry Francis and decided to have Bash legitimized, for him to become the next King of France which led to Catherine's new nest of plotting. As Catherine planned to have Bash killed, Henry found out about her past affair with former lover, Viscount Richard Delacroix, and learned she had a illegitimate child with him. Catherine was soon to be beheaded for the act. Catherine was soon reunited with her long lost daughter whom she thought was dead. Clarissa kidnapped Charles and Henry Jr. and planned to kill them due to her mother's rejection. However, Mary saved the children only by killing Clarissa. Later on, Nostradamus told Catherine of new visions of Mary and Francis' future. Seeing how Clarissa was actually Catherine's firstborn not Francis, she helped Mary see what is truly in her heart as she had to choose between Francis and Sebastian. Mary eventually chose Francis and Catherine was spared from death. She had been giving Mary advice on trying to get pregnant.
After the death of Henry, Catherine turned her attention to helping Francis keep his throne secure and dealing with the nobles. Catherine was also began to be haunted by her twin daughters, Emone and Henrietta as well as her husband, Henry. This eventually led to finding her daughters true murderer, Diane and the truth about what caused Henry's madness, he was poisoned. When Catherine found out of Mary's affair with Louis Condé, she did whatever it took to destroy her for her betrayal against Francis. She also had a sexual relationship with Narcisse which ended as he betrayed her and led to her being exiled from France and teaming up with Mary's greatest enemy, Elizabeth.
Time after teaming up with Elizabeth, Catherine was captured and brought back to France being held prisoner and branded a traitor. Eventually, she was able to reconcile with her children and promising Francis that she would become Queen Regent after his death in order to help Charles who would become the next king. Later on, she was reunited with Nostradamus and learned that the prophecy was coming back into play. She was later informed by Bash that Francis has died. Catherine comforted Mary while putting aside her own grief and the two became closer than ever. Catherine was eventually put into a heated battle against Narcisse for the Regency which she eventually won.
She is portrayed by Canadian actress Megan Follows.
She is described as being “a strange and almost feral young woman who hides in the shadows”. She is also very shy and quiet not directly communicating with anyone except for Charles. She doesn't really have any boundaries considering she just took Olivia somewhere unknown and stabbed Nostradamus in the neck without remorse. Yet she is very protective and helpful towards Mary and when she learns that Catherine is her mother she also showed protection towards her. She can also be heroic when she saved Mary and Catherine from the poison.
Her face, which she keeps hidden under a bag, is described as being severely disfigured. Clarissa has red hair and blue eyes. She has caucasian skin and on the right side of her cheek she has a scar that is close to her nose and covers a faction of her lip. They tried surgery then potions to get rid of the port-wine stain birthmark that she had.
- Charles: Half-brother, former friend.
- Mary Stuart: Half-sister-in-law, former ally.
- Nostradamus: Adoptive brother, presumably enemy.
- Catherine de' Medici: Mother, enemy.
- Richard: Father.
|Snakes in the Garden||Appears|
|Hearts and Minds||Appears|
|A Chill in the Air||Absent|
|For King and Country||Appears|
|Long Live The King||Absent|
|Slaughter of Innocence||Absent|
|Drawn and Quartered||Mentioned|
|The Lamb & The Slaughter||Absent|
|Blood for Blood||Absent|
|The Prince of the Blood||Absent|
|Terror of the Faithful||Absent|
|Acts of War||Absent|
|Sins of the Past||Mentioned|
|The End of Mourning||Absent|
|Reversal of Fortune||Appears|
Name Origin Edit
Clarissa is a feminine name which comes from the German name Clarice which is derived from the Latin the word Clarus, which means "bright, clear or famous." Clarissa also has a Greek origin, meaning "brilliant". Clarissa is considered an English, Italian, and Portuguese name. Clarisa is the Spanish form of the name.
- She is known as the castle ghost.
- We first learn her name in Snakes in the Garden.
- She killed Aylee, one of Mary's ladies-in-waiting.
- The only people to see Clarissa's face were Nostradamus, Catherine, Olivia, Charles, and Henry III.
- She is Catherine's daughter.
- Her father is Richard, however, she had no on-screen interaction with him.
- She helped Colin escape from torture.
- Just like Bash, and Tomás, she is not based on a real person.
- Her name "Clarissa" was a common name for the women of the Medici family.