Catherine de Medici Renaissance Queen of France

ISBN-10: 0060744936

ISBN-13: 9780060744939

Edition: N/A

Authors: 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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List price: $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 3/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Maps, Family Trees
Principal Characters
Introduction and Acknowledgements
Author's Note
Prologue: Death of a King 1559
Orphan of Florence 1519-33
'The Greatest Match in the World' 1515-34
A Barren Wife 1533-47
The Eclipsed Consort 1547-49
Catherine's Growing Importance 1548-59
An Uneasy Partnership 1559-60
'Gouvernante de France' 1560-62
The First Religious War 1562-64
The Grand Tour 1564-66
Conciliator No Longer 1566-70
Margot's Marriage Is Arranged 1570-72
The Massacre 1572
The Last Years of Charles IX 1572-74
Henri III, King of France 1574-76
Alencon's Treachery 1576-84
Hope Dies 1584-88
So Perish the Race of the Valois 1589-1615
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