The Confessions of Catherine de Medici
By C.W. Gortner
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345501875, 432pp.)
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
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The truth is, not one of us is innocent. We all have sins to confess. So reveals Catherine de Medici, the last legitimate descendant of her family’s illustrious line. Expelled from her native Florence, Catherine is betrothed to Henri, son of François I of France. In an unfamiliar realm, 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 in a kingdom torn apart by 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, unaware that if she is to save France, she may have to sacrifice her ideals, her reputation, and the secret of her embattled heart.
C. W. Gortner, half-Spanish by birth, holds an M.F.A. in writing, with an emphasis on historical studies, from the New College of California and has taught university courses on women of power in the Renaissance. He was raised in Málaga, Spain, and now lives in California.
“Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory fans will devour this.”—Booklist
“Engrossing . . . a dramatic, epic novel of an all-too-human woman whose strength and passion propelled her into the center of grand events.”—Sandra Gulland, author of the Josephine B. trilogy
“Highly recommended . . . a compelling and fascinating view of Catherine’s life and world.”—Historical Novels Review
“Remarkably thoughtful in its insight into an unapologetically ruthless queen.”—Publishers Weekly
“A fresh, well-researched and powerful portrait.”—RT Book Reviews