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The Confessions of CAtherine de Medici -- C.W. Gortner
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THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI

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HISTORY'S MOST NOTORIOUS AND MISUNDERSTOOD QUEEN tells all . . .

At the age of fourteen, Catherine de Medici, last legitimate descendant of the Medici blood, finds herself betrothed to the King Francois I’s son, Henri. Sent from her native Florence to France, humiliated and overshadowed by her husband’s life-long devotion to his mistress, when tragedy strikes her family Catherine rises from obscurity to become one of 16th century Europe’s most powerful women.

Patroness of Nostradamus and a seer in her own right, accused of witchcraft and murder by her foes, Catherine fights to save France and her children from savage religious conflict, unaware that her own fate looms before her—a fate that will demand the sacrifice of her ideals, reputation, and the passion of her own embattled heart . . . .

From the splendors of the Loire palaces to the blood-soaked battles of the Wars of Religion and haunted halls of the Louvre, this is the story of Catherine’s dramatic life, told by the queen herself.

 

"A remarkably thoughtful interpretation of an unapologetically ruthless queen."

Publisher's Weekly

 

"Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory fans will devour this smashing fictional biography." 

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"Compelling and fascinating view of Catherine’s life and world . . . You will devour this read. Highly recommended!" 

Historical Novels Review, Editors' Choice