E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Katharine or Katharina.
Daughter of Baptista, a rich gentleman of Padua. She was very beautiful, but a shrew. Petruchio of Verona married her, and so subdued her imperious temper by his indomitable will, that she became the model of a submissive wife, and gave Bianca, her sister, most excellent advice respecting the duty of submission. (Shakespeare; Taming of the Shrew.)
The Katherine de Medici of China. Voochee, widow of King Tae-tsông.