The Devil's Queen
A Novel of Catherine De MediciBook - 2009
A tale based on the life of the 16th-century monarch describes her status as a Machiavellian pawn before her marriage to Henry II of France, her rivalry with her husband's conniving mistress, and her determined efforts to keep her sons on the throne. Reprint.
Confidante of Nostradamus, scheming mother-in-law to Mary, Queen 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 Bride.
Born into one of Florence's most powerful families, Catherine was soon left a fabulously 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 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.
In her latest historical fiction bestseller, Kalogridis tells the story of Caterina, a tender young girl who would grow up to become Catherine de Medici, one of the most maligned monarchs in history.