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Friday, November 13, 2009

The Devil's Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis

Summary:Confidante of Nostradamus, scheming mother-in-law to Mary, Queen of Scots, and architect of the bloody St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history.
Born into one of Florence’s most powerful families, Catherine was soon left a fabulously rich heiress by the early deaths of her parents. Violent conflict rent the city state and she found herself imprisoned and threatened by her family’s enemies before finally being released and married off to the handsome Prince Henry of France.

Overshadowed by her husband’s mistress, the gorgeous, conniving Diane de Poitiers, and unable to bear children, Catherine resorted to the dark arts of sorcery to win Henry’s love and enhance her fertility—for which she would pay a price. Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the French court, and Catherine’s blood-soaked visions of the future, Kalogridis reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband, Henry, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne.

My Thoughts:
This is my second Kalogridis book and I have to say she really knows how to entrall her readers with this soap opera feel story of Catherine Medici. My favorite parts were the scenes with Diane De Poitiers and her Daughter in law Mary Queen of Scots who came off as a spoiled brat whom Catherines tried to tow the line with. I found this book to be a wonderful read and fascianting story.
Rating: A