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Confidante of Nostradamus scheming mother in law to Mary ueen of Scots and architect of the bloody St Bartholomew's Day Massacre Catherine de Medici is brought to life by Jeanne Kalogridis the bestselling author of I Mona Lisa and The Borgia BrideBorn into one of Florence's most powerful families Catherine was soon left a fabulou. Author Jeanne Kalogridis puts her own spin on the life of the infamous Catherine de Medici in The Devil's ueen Left orphaned and extremely wealthy Catherine's early life was marred by revolts among the Florentines against the de Medicis Once the revolts are over her hopes to rule Florence are forever dashed when her uncle the Pope marries her off to Henri the second son of the French King Disenchanted with Catherine Henri soon turns to the older Diane de Poitiers for comfort and the childless Catherine becomes increasingly desperate to conceive a child before she is cast aside and that includes resorting to charting the stars and casting spells Henri's older brother dies leaving him heir to the crown and Catherine destined to be ueen although de Poitiers is the one who will remain the power behind the throne Despite success at finally conceiving thanks to the black arts the predictions of Nostradamus and Ruggieri of the fate that awaits Henri and her children continue to haunt her dreams and she will take any steps to protect them no matter what cost and the story finally culminates with her daughter Margot's marriage to Henry of Navarre and the St Bartholomew's Day massacre Alrighty that storyline should have enough meat on it's bones to keep a reader riveted don't you think Not but then it's probably just me again it usually is My problems start with the use of the first person narrative effectively hemming the author into a very limited point of view To witness certain private events the author had to invent situations wherein Catherine could observe them and worse yet when Catherine is not involved in the action she is recounting history to the reader so that we're being told and not shown and I found myself nodding off on a few occasions A genealogy chart andor cast of characters is sadly missing how many average readers are truly familiar with the period and it's players Something to refer back to would have been very helpful and I thought it a bit presumptuous not to include it As for the sex it's not over the top but at times I felt it a bit too gratuitous and there were way too many instances of it being done from the back side Less is Also and anyone correct me if I'm wrong but according to other books I've read and Wik there were four sons who ruled where in the hell was Henri the third son Did I read a different book again For the most part Kalogridis appears to stick to known history although there are two plot twists which I will not divulge that are rather far fetched IMHO and unfortunately the author does not address them in her meager 1 12 page author notes as to what historical basis she has for including those in her story Get it from the library if you must I'm glad I did A very very generous three stars Honestly I think you're better off with Dumas try The Two Dianas and La Reine Margot Daddys Favorite Little Girl in law to Mary ueen of Scots and architect of the bloody St Bartholomew's Day Massacre Catherine de Medici Tristan & Jared is brought to life by Jeanne Kalogridis the bestselling author of I Mona Lisa and The Borgia BrideBorn Shutter into one of Florence's most powerful families Catherine was soon left a fabulou. 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To win Henri's love and enhance her fertility for which she would pay a price Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the French court and Catherine's blood soaked visions of the future Kalogridis reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband Henri and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne. Historical novels written from the perspective of an actual historical figure can be a hit and miss Depending on how much is known about that person's life the author may have a lot or very little to go on As with any historical fiction depicting a real life figure there may be some assumptions andor embellishments about events in said figure's lifeThis novel is written from the first person perspective which can be very interesting when done right Even with letters from that person or firsthand accounts of said person it is next to impossible to know what a person really thought or felt about any situation it takes a careful hand to present a realistic portrayal of how a historical figure may have felt about what was happening around them or how they viewed themselvesI think the author did a good job of presenting a realistic POV for Catherine de Medici and her reactions to certain events of her life such as her husband's infidelities or what happened with her children The magic aspect when it came to her children certainly was an intriguing bit of fantasy from the author but one that could fit in real life I was not sure how to feel about the 'revelation' of the Prince of Navarre as there is nothing to support that However I will say that within the other fantasy the author put in the book it was an intriguing plot point I can only say that while you can enjoy this book make yourself aware of what is pure fictionThe author's notes at the back of the book give a good bit of historical context and actually led me to do research on my own Though with the death of all four of Catherine's sons the fourth son not mentioned in this novel predeceased his older brother so Edouard's death really did end the Valois dynasty the House of Valois may have come to an end but Catherine de Medici's descendants continued through her daughters so she is still the ancestor of many notable figures including royalty or their spouses of various countries

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Sly rich orphan Violent conflict tore apart the city state and she found herself imprisoned before finally being released and married off to the handsome Prince Henri of France Overshadowed by her husband's mistress the gorgeous conniving Diane de Poitiers and unable to bear children Catherine resorted to the dark arts of sorcery. Frieda Leonie has written an excellent history of Catherione de Medici based on deep research I gave it 5 stars and highly recommend it to people interested in Catherine de Medici and the Valois lineage of French rulers I have read a few reviews of Kalogridis's book on Goodreads and am afraid this historical novel The Devil's ueen A Novel of Catherine de Medici may be closer to a Philippi Gregory tale than to a historically based novel At first I decided not read it but to skim it With the starting of the TV soap opera casted and written program Reign I decided to read this book and finally assigned it 3 starsI finally read the novel The Devil's ueen in November 2013 It is an interesting book and has much of the history of Friedo Leonie's book The novel appears to be based on much of the documentation of this history with two large differences In the novel pages and pages are based on Catherine's meetings with astrologers and other students of magic throughout her life In the history it is barely mentioned and the characters of the astrologers and Nostrodamus are not mentioned In the novel the author says she only depicted 5 of the children because it would take up too much space to have the others born Ironically her history deals with the births and names of all Catherine's children on ONE PAGEIn contrast Leonie's is a real history full of facts relationships and events that filled the long life of Catherine de Medici who became ueen consort of France's Henri II and then was the ueen regent of three of their sons during the era of France's Religious Wars Fortunately there are numerous records letters and memoirs from this era This Italian descendant of the de Medici family was hard to marry off in France because she was not of royal lineage but from a merchant family The book begins with a summary of the Medici family but did not stress the contributions to the arts by the family especially Lorenzo The Magnificent Catherine herself continued the family history of sponsoring the arts Catherine de Medici was treated as an evil manipulative ueen and she certainly was manipulative including using her voice and statements to ingratiate herself when needed Childless for 10 years she then rapidly had 10 children and she made certain that her sons inherited the crown but she was the real ruler of France As Freida portrayed her the real period of evil was the Massacre on Saint Barthalomew's day in which Huguenots and Royal armies battled gruesomely under her rule Prior to that time she had led to many treaties that were intended to pacify the land Frieda distinguished the treaties that allowed for freedom of religion and later in Catherine's reign freedom of thought While Catherine was regent during their youth she continued to rule and advise her sons long after they reached a normal age of rule on their own 18 usually but contracts could set different ages While her Catholicism would have led her to support Mary ueen of Scots she and England's ueen Elizabeth communicated uite often and with respect near the end of Catherine's life I would urge anyone really interested in the Medici's this era and Catherine de Medici to read the interesting Frieda Leonie history rather than this novel But for an overview that is not too much diverging from history the Kalogridis novel is OK in my judgment It has enough untwisted content for 3 stars and the writing is interesting

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