Francis I: The Maker of Modern France Audiobook, by Leonie Frieda Play Audiobook Sample

Francis I: The Maker of Modern France Audiobook

Francis I: The Maker of Modern France Audiobook, by Leonie Frieda Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Carole Boyd Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062843005

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50:40 minutes

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07:05 minutes

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32:49 minutes

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The bestselling author of Catherine de Medici returns to sixteenth-century Europe in this evocative and entertaining biography that recreates a remarkable era of French history and brings to life a great monarch—Francis I—who turned France into a great nation.

Catherine de Medici’s father-in-law, King Francis of France, was the perfect Renaissance knight, the movement’s exemplar and its Gallic interpreter. An aesthete, diplomat par excellence, and contemporary of Machiavelli, Francis was the founder of modern France, whose sheer force of will and personality molded his kingdom into the first European superpower. Arguably the man who introduced the Renaissance to France, Francis was also the prototype Frenchman—a national identity was modeled on his character. So great was his stamp, that few countries even now are quite so robustly patriotic as is France. Yet as Leonie Frieda reveals, Francis did not always live up to his ideal; a man of grand passions and vision, he was also a flawed husband, father, lover, and king.

With access to private archives that have never been used in a study of Francis I, Frieda explores the life of a man who was the most human of the monarchs of the period—and yet, remains the most elusive.

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“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 


  • “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

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About Leonie Frieda

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 Carole Boyd

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.