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The Devil's Queen

A Novel of Catherine de Medici

by Jeanne Kalogridis

The Devil's Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2009
    480 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history: blamed for the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in which hundreds of innocents died. What motivated this Renaissance woman who was born of Florence's most powerful family, and one day came to rule France?

In her latest historical fiction bestseller, Jeanne Kalogridis tells the story of Caterina, a tender young girl, destined to be a pawn in Machiavellian games. Left a fabulously rich heiress, imprisoned and threatened by her family’s enemies, she was finally married off to a handsome prince of France.

Overshadowed by her husband's mistress, the conniving Diane de Poitiers, and now consort to a King, Catherine resorted to sorcery to win his love, enhance her fertility and foil her enemies. Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the French court, and Catherine’s visions induced by the black arts, Kalogoris reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband Henry, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne.

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"Seasoned historic novelist Kalogridis...nails the palace intrigue and lush pageantry of the Renaissance, but can't get a grip on her heroine's slippery, troubled heart." - Publishers Weekly

"Good for most collections, especially those where historicals are in demand. There are a couple of graphic sexual scenes, but they are not gratuitous." - Library Journal

"Kalogridis puts a human face on one of the most reviled women in history." - Booklist

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Jeanne Kalogridis lives with her partner in North Carolina, where they share a house with two dogs. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Borgia Bride and I, Mona Lisa and other numerous dark fantasy and historical novels.

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