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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,593 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leonie Frieda Narrator: Anna Massey Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Catherine de Medici was half French, half Italian. Orphaned in infancy, she was the sole legitimate heiress to the Medici family fortune. Married at 14 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 magnificent, throat-grabbing opening chapter - Catherine was made queen regent during the short reign of her eldest son. (He was 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.

Leonie Frieda has returned to original sources and re-read the thousands of 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 as one of the most influential women in 16th-century Europe. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maria | 2/18/2014

    " Very good biography of Catherine. Well researched and logically written, it reads easily. It is not over run with too many characters. I really enjoyed this biography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carmen | 2/14/2014

    " After a trip to through the Loire Valley, I was very curious about Catherine de Medici as her name is associated with so many of the chateaux. Frieda's book is well-written, such that what could be very dry subject matter is told in an engaging style. She presents a well-rounded portrait of Catherine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daisy | 2/10/2014

    " Catherine de Medici was the daughter of a rich merchant, not born very rich since her parents were died. She was also of no royal blood. She was no beauty either. However, she did end up being one of the most famous Queens of France. She understood that she's no beauty and there was nothing she could do to change that,so she practiced on her manner, her elegancy, her way of speaking. All of those made it up for her. Moreover, she always acted humble. During the reign of her husband Henri II, she tolerated Henri's mistress Diane de Poitiers with not one word of compliant. That was the reason why she could survive in the royal court. At that time, a wife who kept whining to her husband could risk being set aside forever. Since she was acting like such a pity, her enemies never really paid much attention to her, for them, she was nothing but a royal Queen who had nothing to say. She did what most famous monarchies did: lay low and strike only when everything is sure. After her husband died, she had no choice but to protect her children from the ambitous courtiers such as Guise family. She also studied closely her father-in-law and his courtiers, through him she learned a lot. Her determination of religous peace also earned her respect from even her enemies. She also manipulated her enemies to give her the power. It is true that whatever you do, you have to understand your enemies before you try anything funny. Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer, you never really know who's going to strike you back and who's going to retaliate against you. Catherine certainly did what Machiavelli's Prince suggested: TO be a Great prince one must sometimes violate the laws of humanity" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy Bielski | 2/2/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. There was a lot of information, but it read like a narrative. It was easy to follow all of the different people Frieda mentioned. She gave some really great accounts of what life was like in the 16th century, including really graphic descriptions of death/assassination attempts. Overall, a pretty good read. "

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