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Saturday, November 14, 2009

The King's Rose By Alissa M Libby

Appointed to the queen’s household at the age of fourteen, Catherine Howard is not long at court before she catches the eye of King Henry VIII. The king is as enchanted with Catherine as he is disappointed with his newest wife — the German princess Anne of Cleves. Less than a year from her arrival at court, Catherine becomes the fifth wife of the overwhelmingly powerful, if aging, King of England.
My Thoughts:Catherine Howard is just a girl who got tangled up in to her family's plots to gain favor from the King. Like many I always considered that Catherine was a spolit brat who lost her head to just being stupid with her actions. Libby's book although writen for young adults really gave a frsh new look at the world of Catherine Howard. I really enjoyed the scenes with her cousin Anne"s ghost. The book is a great one to introduce the younger girls in your family to the intrigue of th Tudor Era.
Rating A
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