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Download Catherine de Medici kindle ë 464 pages ¸ moneyexpresscard Î Poisoner besotted mother despot necromancer engineer of a massacre the stain on the name of Catherine de Medici is centuries old In this critically hailed biography Leonie Frieda reclaims the story of this unjustly maligned ueen of FraPoisoner besotted mother despot necromancer engineer of a massacre the stain on the name of Catherine de Medici is centuries old In this critically hailed biography Leonie Frieda reclaims the story of this unjustly maligned ueen of France to reveal a skilled ruler battling against extraordinary political and personal oddsOrphaned in infancy imprisoned in childhood heiress to an ancient name and vast fortune Catherine de Medici was brought up in Florence a city dominated by her ruling family At age fourteen the Italian born young woman became a French princess in a magnificent alliance arranged by her uncle the pope to Henry son of King Francis I of France She suffered cruelly as her new husband became bewitched by the superbly elegant Diane de Poitiers Henry's influential and lifelong mistress wisely sent her lover to sleep with Catherine and after ‘I wonder that she did not do worse’I very much enjoyed this biography Catherine deMedici is so often painted in the blackest of terms that it is actually a delight to read a balanced accountThis is a biography of Catherine de Medici 1519 1589 Her husband became King Henri II of France and three of their sons in their turn became Kings of France after Henri’s death in 1559 As ueen Mother Catherine was both important and powerful in France for thirty yearsCatherine was orphaned as an infant and imprisoned as a child As heiress to an ancient name and a vast fortune Catherine was brought up in the Florentine court and married off by her self styled uncle Pope Clement VII to Henri Duke of Orleans son of King Francis I of France The history itself full of dynastic and political intrigues is fascinating and it is a credit to Ms Frieda’s style that she is able to accurately render the history without confusing itAt various times it has been fashionable to paint Catherine de Medici in the darkest of hues as a murderer and as a self serving intriguer who presided over the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 24 August 1572 when thousands of French Protestants were slaughtered Such a picture of Catherine is incomplete She was a contemporary of ueen Elizabeth I of England and while she may have lacked some of Elizabeth’s ability and skill she eualled her in courage and determinationThis is a very readable biography which puts some much needed context around the life and times of Catherine de Medici The Valois dynasty ended some months after Catherine’s death with the death of Henri III The French crown then passed to Henri IV Henri of Navarre a fascinating monarch in his own rightI recommend this book both as an example of a wonderfully written biography but also as a study of a multi dimensional woman who was fascinating in her own rightJennifer Cameron Smith

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An agonizingly childless decade when she saw popular resentment build against her she conceived the first of ten children Slowly Catherine made the court her own she transformed the cultural life of France importing much of what we now think of as typically French cuisine art music fashion from Italy cradle of the RenaissanceIn a freak jousting accident in 1559 a wooden splinter fatally pierced Henry's eye Hitherto sidelined Catherine found herself suddenly thrust into the maelstrom of French power politics for which she soon discovered she had inherited a natural giftA contemporary and sometime ally of Elizabeth I of England Catherine learned to become both a superb strategist and ruthless conspirator During the rise of Protestantism her attempts at religious tolerance were constantly foiled and France was riven by endemic civil wars Although his There is much to Catherine de Medici than just her adversity to her husband’s popular mistress Diane de Poitiers or her involvement with the St Bartholomew Day Massacre Not only was she an important political figure for over 30 years; but she also has “fun facts” such as introducing and popularizing nicotine handkerchiefs female pantaloons forks and side saddles and had two VERY interesting children amongst her 10 transvestite –tendency induced Henri III and independent but scandalous Margot Leonie Frieda attempts to bring all of Catherine to light in her biography “Catherine De Medici” Sadly “attempt” should be emphasizedLeonie Frieda’s “Catherine de Medici” begins in a dry and overly scholarly style albeit in an easy to understand language Starting with a background description of the Medicis Francis I Charles Holy Roman Emperor etc; Frieda’s knowledge is extensive and all inclusive Unfortunately the reader doesn’t feel closeness to Catherine and to the events surrounding her Although this is supposed to be a biography; it is merely a window look at events with Catherine as a mere side character Frieda’s work lacks the desired amount of uotes or insights into Catherine’s actions andor feelings I kept feeling like I had to wait to REALLY get to Catherine and that never arrived Despite this the “Catherine de Medici” encourages page turning due to Frieda’s evident knowledge and passion on the topicThe flow isn’t smooth as the writing is filled with dry moments exciting parts and back to dryness without a clear intertwined effect Most often the focus revolved too much on the political landscape versus on Catherine’s role or how she was affected Again she felt too much like an afterthought On the plus side it was very well annotated and noted with pieces of compelling information even if these facts didn’t involve Catherine directly The point being that Frieda depicts each of Catherine’s sons’ reigns to an all encompassing level but the claim of the book to present the enigmatic woman that she is never shined through Yes her actions are described at times but there is a massive filter between her and the reader The rare moments when Catherine did stand in the spotlight only sadly lasted a few pages at a time Frieda’s work is an excellent resource and history account but not a complete Catherine biography I have read better representations of Catherine in historical fiction books even This lack of getting to know Catherine’s true nature leads too much frustration and a void in feline an emotional tie to her personality Only ¼ of the book is truly about Catherine “Catherine de Medici” isn’t a terrible book; just very lofty large in scope and is presented as something that it isn’t The best part? Not one not two but three sections of glorious colorplates However I was seeking to read a biography that would bring Catherine to life; not a coffee table picture book Another positive note was the lack of glittery bias and truer focus on factual accounts One thing is for certain unlike many females with slandered reputations known for their romantic or sexual liaisons; Catherine was known for the political arena which demonstrates her sense of character and strength There is always a reason to look beyond propaganda The best way to sum up this book is a conversation between myself and my boyfriend MichaelMe “This Catherine book is poo Well it isn’t REALLY poo It just doesn’t really focus on Catherine’s psyche or an insight into her life It is a GREAT resource for a student writing a paper on the events of her husband’s reign or that of her children but I thought this was supposed to be a biography on Catherine So it isn’t poo per se”Michael “No it sounds like poo”

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Catherine de Medici Renaissance Queen of FranceTory has always laid the blame for the infamous St Bartholomew's Day massacre by a Catholic mob of thousands of French Protestants at Catherine's door Leonie Frieda presents a powerful case for Catherine's defenseThis courageous ueen's fatal flaw was a blind devotion to her sickly and corrupt children three of whom would become kings of France Despite their weaknesses Catherine's indomitable fight to protect the throne and their birthright ensured the survival of the French monarchy for a further two hundred years after her death until it was swept away by the French RevolutionLeonie Frieda has returned to original sources and reread the thousands of letters left by Catherine and she has reinvested this protean figure with humanity The first biography of Catherine in decades it reveals her to be one of the most influential women ever to wear a crow 375 starsIn the 16th century Catherine de Medici came to France from Italy to marry the future king of France Henri II She loved him but had to share him with a mistress the woman he loved Diane de Poitiers Over the years Catherine and Henri had ten children and Catherine outlived all except two of them Three of her sons became kings of France and Catherine was always there to help them rule There were a number of religious wars in France over the years she ruled I’ve only read a little bit of fiction about Catherine this is nonfiction It was good Being nonfiction though there were dry parts to it but there were plenty of interesting things going on as well It’s funny from the fiction I read I remember the rivalry between Catherine and Diane than anything else yet she is apparently best remembered for her part in a massacre pitting Protestants against Catholics which I don’t recall from the fiction at all though it must have been there I did feel particularly bad for her when Henri was alive and she had Diane de Poitiers to contend with but she did have a ruthless side particularly when it came to protecting the crown for her sons