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The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici [Paperback]

Jeanne Kalogridis
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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25 May 2010

Confidante of Nostradamus, scheming mother-in-law to Mary, Queen of Scots, and architect of the bloody St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, Catherine de Medici is brought to life by Jeanne Kalogridis, the bestselling author of I, Mona Lisa and The Borgia Bride.

Born into one of Florence’s most powerful families, Catherine was soon left a fabulously rich orphan. Violent conflict tore apart the city state and she found herself imprisoned before finally being released and married off to the handsome Prince Henri of France.

Overshadowed by her husband’s mistress, the gorgeous, conniving Diane de Poitiers, and unable to bear children, Catherine resorted to the dark arts of sorcery to win Henri’s love and enhance her fertility—for which she would pay a price. Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the French court, and Catherine’s blood-soaked visions of the future, Kalogridis reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband, Henri, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne.

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  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin; 1 Reprint edition (25 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031262414X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312624149
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 13.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 897,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeanne Kalogridis lives with her partner in North Carolina, where they share a house with two dogs. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Borgia Bride; I, Mona Lisa; and other numerous dark fantasy and historical novels.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 3 Sep 2010
By Tina22
Format:Audio CD
I read this book completly on a whim and couldn't have been more surprised. I knew very little about the subject matter having never been interested in books about french kings and queens, but i must say i couldn't put this book down and finished it in 3 days. It tells the story of Catherine de Medicis life from childhood held a prisoner to becoming the queen of france. I would highly recommed this book to anyone brilliant read and would look for this author again.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 8 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ FOR AGES, THE WONDERFULL STORY OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI, FROM HER EARLY LIFE IN FLORENCE, TO BECOMING THE QUEEN OF FRANCE, I THOUGHT THIS WAS WELL WRITTEN, AND BOUGHT THIS SAD MISUNDERSTOOD LADY OUT OF THE DREADFULL HISTORY THAT HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT HER, IT HAS EVERYTHING, MURDER SEX, SADDNESS, HAPPYNESS, BUT MOST OF ALL CATHERINE IN A NEW LIGHT
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Brave attempt at the impossible 14 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
Was the author trying to rescue the reputation of the infamous Queen of France, Catherine de Medici? If so she has done her subject a great disservice in trying to cram an incident-packed life into just 470 pages. Not only that, she's wasted about a quarter of the book with superfluous, often bloodthirsty, scenes of witchcraft and magic - believe me, this is a story that doesn't need sexing up with more drama and gore!
It's also a very complicated story which I am afraid she's done nothing to clarify. It takes a brave and clear-headed author of fiction to wade into the murky seas of the 16th century wars of religion in France. This is one story that cries out for a trilogy. Readers need all the help they can get to understand these very complicated times, and the author gives us no family trees, maps, organised list of historical characters, or introduction.
It's a rushed and confusing narrative, not helped by a totally unsympathetic heroine and a cast of some of the most unpleasant characters you could ever hope to meet.
I wouldn't recommend it.
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