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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Confessions of Catherine De Medici By C.W. Gortner

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici: A Novel

Summary:The last legitimate descendant of the illustrious Medici line, Catherine suffers the expulsion of her family from her native Florence and narrowly escapes death at the hands of an enraged mob. While still a teenager, she is betrothed to Henri, son of François I of France, and sent from Italy to an unfamiliar realm where she is overshadowed and humiliated by her husband’s lifelong mistress. Ever resilient, Catherine strives to create a role for herself through her patronage of the famous clairvoyant Nostradamus and her own innate gift as a seer. But in her fortieth year, Catherine is widowed, left alone with six young children as regent of a kingdom torn apart by religious discord and the ambitions of a treacherous nobility. Relying on her tenacity, wit, and uncanny gift for compromise, Catherine seizes power, intent on securing the throne for her sons. She allies herself with the enigmatic Protestant leader Coligny, with whom she shares an intimate secret, and implacably carves a path toward peace, unaware that her own dark fate looms before her—a fate that, if she is to save France, will demand the sacrifice of her ideals, her reputation, and the passion of her embattled heart. From the fairy-tale châteaux of the Loire Valley to the battlefields of the wars of religion to the mob-filled streets of Paris, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici is the extraordinary untold journey of one of the most maligned and misunderstood women ever to be queen.

My Thoughts:
Gorter's take on Catherine wasa an interesting one from the very first page I was taken in to the story of this often misjudged Queen.the way she dealt With her husband's mistress was extraoridnary and some how made me have resepct Zfor this woman who had to put up with so much during her lifetime. I really enjoyed this novel and i hope to pick up Gorter's First novel The last Queen soon.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Princely Discovery: William and Harry Behind Palace Walls By Katie Nichols

William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls
Here I am sitting at the B&N waiting on a friend to arrive to do some errands together. While wandering around looking at all tables I discovered this beautiful book on the Princes William and Harry. So far I have read the first 2 chapters and I have to say this will be a fantastic Christmas gift for that Royal fan or Dianaphile in your life.Sadly I have to leave the book behind til I can afford it. If Santa is making his list already would he will be kind enough to add this book to my never ending Book list?So far my favorite part of the book is where young Wills is running his dump truck up and down the palace halls til it hits  the baseboard and his mother Diana causally says to him "What will you grandmother say."  So far it read like a  novel rather than a bio which I am really enjoying. I am going to sign off now and maybe squeeze another chapter in before I have to leave the Princes behind here in the store,  Something I know I am going to dread doing.