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Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France (2002)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060744936, Paperback)
Poisoner, despot, necromancer -- the dark legend of Catherine de Medici is centuries old. In this critically hailed biography, Leonie Frieda reclaims the story of this unjustly maligned queen to reveal a skilled ruler battling extraordinary political and personal odds -- from a troubled childhood in Florence to her marriage to Henry, son of King Francis I of France; from her transformation of French culture to her fight to protect her throne and her sons' birthright. Based on thousands of private letters, it is a remarkable account of one of the most influential women ever to wear a crown.
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A portrait of the Renaissance-era queen of France which seeks to reveal her skills as a ruler in spite of her violent reputation, describing the power politics that marked her rule, and her talents as a strategist and conspirator.
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