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3.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 5 3.82 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeanne Kalogridis Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781427207135
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Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history: blamed for the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in which hundreds of innocents died. What motivated this Renaissance woman who was born of Florence’s most powerful family, and one day came to rule France?

In her latest historical fiction bestseller, Jeanne Kalogridis tells the story of Catherine, a tender young girl, destined to be a pawn in Machiavellian games. Left a fabulously rich heiress, imprisoned and threatened by her family’s enemies, she was finally married off to a handsome prince of France.

Overshadowed by her husband’s mistress, the conniving Diane de Poitiers, and now consort to a King, Catherine resorted to sorcery to win his love, enhance her fertility and foil her enemies. Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the French court, and Catherine’s visions induced by the black arts, Kalogoris reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband Henry, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kalogridis puts a human face on one of the most reviled women in history.”

    Booklist

  • “Kalogridis nails the palace intrigue and lush pageantry of the Renaissance.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A sweeping, dynamic novel of a woman who was both powerful and powerless in the life she lived. . . . Beautifully written and impeccably researched, The Devil’s Queen is a giant of a novel about a giant of a woman.”

    Romance Reviews Today

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/18/2014

    " I did not want this book to end. The writer does a great job of inspiring sympathy for a woman infamous for her evil deeds. Just the right amount of a supernatural element coupled with historical facts, and deep emotions to keep the reader interested from beginning to end. From an eight year old murderess to the Queen Mother of misbegotten kings, this fictional description of Catherine's life has inspired me to read more about this historical character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 2/13/2014

    " The author provides a very intriguing tale of the life of Catherine de Medici and also provides a very interesting glimpse of life in 16th century Europe during the Renaissance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhoda Crandall | 2/5/2014

    " Very intense book, but left me interested in addition books by her, next book I want to read is The Borgia Bride and other authors writting on the history of France in the same timeframe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/4/2014

    " Great book about The French Court during the Renaissance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 1/26/2014

    " This book covers a large span of time yet it doesn't feel like much time is passing or has passed. For being a called the devil's queen, I was expecting Catherine to be cunning, manipulating, and a tad evil. Instead Catherine was obsessive with her husband and children, obsessive to the point of stupidity and blindness. The astrology added little to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/15/2014

    " Good historical novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/5/2014

    " I always love a juicy Medici tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 12/27/2013

    " Kind of a crazy story; it took me longer than it should have to read this book because of it's cringe-worthiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/23/2013

    " Good historical fiction......more wars due to religion and power.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/1/2013

    " Beginning was promising, but then there were some disturbing actions mid-book that made me want to stop reading it. I did continue though, to learn more about the history of this Valois family than to finish a good fictional story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 10/3/2013

    " Real historical facts woven around a very influential and disturbing woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 9/12/2013

    " i L-O-V-E-D this book! i ended up rooting for the main character and cheering her on. granted, she did make a poor choice to try to guarantee her destiny and legacy, but in the end i felt that she came to her senses and tried to right the wrong decisions that she had made. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 9/9/2013

    " Great historical read. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/31/2013

    " A riveting, well-researched piece of historical fiction. The story is beautifully told and nicely paced. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in quite a while! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy Lo | 10/7/2012

    " The book made me want to learn about the real woman but it felt a little repetitious in places and I wish it delved more into the history or the astrology rather touching a little bit on everything "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared | 6/17/2012

    " Thought I would try one of my wife's books. Was surprisingly impressed. Read like a fantasy novel wi all the intrigue, without the dragons (although there is a demon thrown in). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/8/2012

    " Good Book. Catherine de medici is such an interesting character and this book helped show the human side of the legend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aliena | 3/29/2012

    " Entertaining read; but not as good as The Scarlett Contessa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 3/19/2012

    " The best of Kalogridis' so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 2/21/2012

    " Interesting historical novel about the Medici family, and the St. Bartholomew Massacre, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 7/2/2011

    " Any book about the Medici will suck me in. I am not sure how I feel about the author having Catherine involved in black magic and murder in order to ensure her husband and son's futures. Any historical evidence of that? I prefer accurate historical fiction but it is an interesting read anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bube | 6/25/2011

    " Definitely,No.1 best writer of historical fiction - Jeanne Kalogridis! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lkelley | 3/30/2011

    " A historically fictional account of Catherine de Medici and her life from Italy to France. I was unable to put it down, despite it's 400+ pages. Engaging and wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 3/26/2011

    " Terrible title for what turned out to be a good entertaining book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aliena | 3/24/2011

    " Entertaining read; but not as good as The Scarlett Contessa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 3/24/2011

    " Love her books and this one didn't disappoint!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tate | 3/21/2011

    " I loved how much history was in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 3/14/2011

    " The book follows the life of Catherine de Medici. Overall the book seems a bit slow until near the end. It takes too much time on her childhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 2/23/2011

    " This book was really interesting and gave a lot of information about a time in history that I wasn't famliar with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 2/2/2011

    " Very interesting. I haven't read much about Catherine de Medici and this was a really fun read, Kalogirdis actually goes into Catherine's motivations and shows an intelligent woman and devoted mother, not so much an evil queen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terra | 1/24/2011

    " I love reading novels set in this time period and Kalogridis does a good job of creating a compelling story while following a factual story line. I had a hard time putting this book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/13/2011

    " So far I absolutely love this book. It is a great story about the French court during the 1500s. I am 2/3 of the way through it and have a hard time putting it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 1/12/2011

    " I was slow to warm up to this novel, but got sucked in a third of the way through. I thought this story in history unique: a queen engaged in the metaphysical and magical. Add this to the twists and turns in the story line made for an interesting read. "

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About the Author
Author Jeanne Kalogridis

Jeanne Kalogridis is the author of numerous dark fantasy and historical novels, including The Devil’s Queen, The Borgia Bride, and I, Mona Lisa. She lives with her partner in North Carolina.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.