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Author: Leonie Frieda Narrator: Carole Boyd Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9780062843005
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The author of the bestselling Catherine de Medici turns to King Francis of France, Catherine’s father-in-law, who turned France into a great nation. King Francis I was the perfect Renaissance knight, the movement’s exemplar and its Gallic interpreter. An aesthete, diplomat par excellence, and contemporary of Machiavelli, he was the founder of modern France, whose sheer force of will and personality molded his kingdom into the first European superpower, and arguably the man who introduced the Renaissance to France. Francis was also the prototype Frenchman—a national identity was molded on his character. So great was his stamp, that few countries even now are quite so robustly patriotic as is France. Yet he did not always live up to his ideal, and it is also the imperfect husband, father, lover, and king who fascinate.With access to private archives that have never been used in a study of Francis I, Leonie Frieda explores the life of the man who was the most human of the monarchs of the period—and yet, remains the most elusive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An outstanding first book by a newcomer to the ranks of English historians.”

    Paul Johnson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Vivid and entertaining…a convincing human portrait against the backdrop of a brutal age.”

    Wall Street Journal on Catherine de Medici

  • “Though a figure of major importance, Francis has been forgotten against better known contemporaries…Frieda’s work helps restore him to history.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “With its engaging style and deft handling of complex events, this accomplished account of Catherine’s career is an engrossing tale, compellingly narrated.”

    Spectator on Catherine de Medici

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About the Author

Leonie Frieda is the author of Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France, which was a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic and was translated into eight languages. She lives in London.

About the Narrator

Carole Boyd’s theater work includes a year performing with Alan Ayckbourn’s Scarborough Company where she created the role of June in Way Upstream, while her television credits include Hetty Wainthropp Investigates and Mystery!: Campion. Boyd also plays the notorious Lynda Snell in The Archers, is a regular reader on BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please, and has won three audiobook awards for her recordings.