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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,600 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeanne Kalogridis Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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

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

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

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