Catherine de Medici (Paperback)

Renaissance Queen of France

By Leonie Frieda

Harper Perennial, 9780060744939, 464pp.

Publication Date: March 14, 2006

List Price: 16.99*
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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.

About the Author

Leonie Frieda is the author of a bestselling biography of Catherine de Medici and The Deadly Sisterhood: A Story of Women, Power and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance. She lives in London.

Praise For Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France

“A carefully nuanced portrait…[Leonie Frieda] achieves remarkable balance as she freshly interprets Catherine…a revealing biography.”
— Booklist

“”Riveting and dramatic . . . there is no mistaking the abiding pleasure of this book.”
— Washington Times

“Vivid and entertaining...a convincing human portrait against the backdrop of a brutal age.”
— Wall Street Journal