Catherine De Medici: A Biography by Leonie Frieda

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Catherine de Medici was half French, half Italian. fortune. Married at fourteen to the future Henri II of France, she was constantly humiliated by his influential mistress Diane de Poitiers. When her husband died as a result of a duelling accident in Paris - Leonie Frieda's magnificient, throat-grabbing opening chapter - (married to Mary Queen of Scots and like many of her children he died young). When her second son became king she was the power behind the throne. religious intrigues between catholics and protestants that plagued France for much of the later part of her life. It had always been said that she was implicated in the notorious Saint Barthlomew's Day Massacre, together with the king and her third son who succeeded to the throne in 1574, but was murdered - he was left standing with his assassin's dagger in one hand, and his own entrails in the other. succession of her son-in-law who had married her daughter Margaret. letters left by Catherine. There has not been a biography in English of Catherine for many years and she believes that the time has come to show her - like Queen Elizabeth I of England - as one of the most influential women in sixteenth-century Europe.

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004.
ISBN: 9781842127254. 440 pp.
Hardcover. Near fine in a near fine jacket.