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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.

  • ISBN13: 9780060744939
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Pubilcation Year: 2006
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00440
Publication DateMarch 14, 2006
Primary CategoryBiography & Autobiography/Royalty

Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France

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