From Jeanne Kalogridis, the bestselling author of I, Mona Lisa and The Borgia Bride, comes a new novel that tells the passionate story of a queen who loved not wisely . . . but all too well.
Confidante of Nostradamus, scheming mother-in-law to Mary, Queen of Scots, and architect of the bloody St. Bartholomewâ€™s Day Massacre, Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history. In her latest historical fiction, Jeanne Kalogridis tells Catherineâ€™s storyâ€”that of a tender young girl, destined to be a pawn in Machiavellian games.
Born into one of Florenceâ€™s most powerful families, Catherine was soon left a fabulously rich heiress by the early deaths of her parents. Violent conflict rent the city state and she found herself imprisoned and threatened by her familyâ€™s enemies before finally being released and married off to the handsome Prince Henry of France.
Overshadowed by her husbandâ€™s mistress, the gorgeous, conniving Diane de Poitiers, and unable to bear children, Catherine resorted to the dark arts of sorcery to win Henryâ€™s love and enhance her fertilityâ€”for which she would pay a price. Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the French court, and Catherineâ€™s blood-soaked visions of the future, Kalogridis reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband, Henry, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne.
Author : Jeanne Kalogridis
ISBN : 0312368437
Language : English
No of Pages : 480
Edition : First Edition
Publication Date : 7/21/2009
Format/Binding : Hardcover
Book dimensions : 9.29x6.38x1.65
Book weight : 0.02
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