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Catherine de Medici : Renaissance queen of France

Author: Leonie Frieda
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harper Perennial edView all editions and formats
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Poisoner, despot, necromancer -- the dark legend of Catherine de Medici is centuries old. In this critically hailed biography, Leonie Frieda reclaims the story of this unjustly maligned queen to reveal a skilled ruler battling extraordinary political and personal odds -- from a troubled childhood in Florence to her marriage to Henry, son of King Francis I of France; from her transformation of French culture to her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
History
Named Person: Catherine de Médicis, Queen consort of Henry II King of France; Catherine de Médicis, Queen consort of Henry II King of France
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leonie Frieda
ISBN: 0060744936 9780060744939
OCLC Number: 67728305
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2003 by Weidenfield & Nicholson"--Title page verso.
Description: xxiii, 440 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: PROLOGUE : Death of a king, 1559 --
PART ONE --
Orphan of Florence, 1519-33 --
Greatest match in the world, 1515-34 --
Barren wife, 1533-47 --
Eclipsed consort, 1547-49 --
Catherines growing importance, 1548-59 --
PART TWO --
Uneasy partnership, 1559-60 --
Gouvernante de France, 1560-62 --
First religious war, 1562-64 --
Grand tour, 1564-66 --
Conciliator no longer, 1566-70 --
Margots marriage is arranged, 1570-72 --
Massacre, 1572 --
Last years of Charles IX, 1572-74 --
Henri III, King of France, 1574-76 --
Alencons Treachery, 1576-84 --
Hope dies, 1584-88 --
So perish the race of the Valois, 1589-1615 --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Leonie Frieda.

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Poisoner, despot, necromancer -- the dark legend of Catherine de Medici is centuries old. In this critically hailed biography, Leonie Frieda reclaims the story of this unjustly maligned queen to reveal a skilled ruler battling extraordinary political and personal odds -- from a troubled childhood in Florence to her marriage to Henry, son of King Francis I of France; from her transformation of French culture to her fight to protect her throne and her sons' birthright. Based on thousands of private letters, it is a remarkable account of one of the most influential women ever to wear a crown.

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