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Catherine de' Medici: The Black Queen (The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Dastardly Dames)

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Queen of France, Catherine de' Medici would do anything to keep her family in power, including using poison and black magic. A nation-wide killing spree during her rule earned her the name, The Black Queen. But was she really that bad?

Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame who fought to keep her children in power, but
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Goosebottom Books (first published September 1st 2011)
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Rachel
This book is just one in a series called “The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames.” It’s about Catherine De’ Medici, the legendary “Black Queen” of France. She was born into the powerful Italian Medici family. Both of her parents died when she was just a few weeks old. When she was eight, she was kidnapped by an army of angry rebels unhappy with the way the Medicis were ruling Florence and around age eleven her uncle married her off to Prince Henry, the Duke of Orleans of France.

She had
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I really knew little about Catherine de' Medici until I read this picture book biography. Now I've got to read more! If only the author had provided the titles of other books to read. Catherine was held hostage for ransom in a convent cell for three years, beginning when she was 8. She married Henry, who became King Henry II of France, when she was almost 12. Henry, however, was in love with Diane de Poitiers, and ignored Catherine. Nevertheless, she bore Henry 11 children, three of whom became ...more
Angie
Catherine de Medici was definitely a dastardly dame. Whether she was as bad as all the rumors about her is hard to tell. But she was pretty wicked and she did like power and she did everything in her power to keep her family in power. The book was very informative about Catherine's life and her rise to power. Everything was dished out in small snippets so kids will enjoy it. There is enough intrigue in her life to keep things interesting and the author does a good job of conveying the intrigue ...more
Lynn
May 27, 2013 Lynn rated it it was ok
The series, Thinking Girl's Treaury of Dastardly Dames, is written for readers ages 9-13. Catherine De'Medici: the Black Queen is my first peak at this series and you can be sure that I will look at the others closely before buying any of these. Although easy to enough to read, here is a case where the subject, Catherine De'Medici, is not an appropriate topic for the young girls I know who would be reading this!
Barbara Lovejoy
Feb 19, 2012 Barbara Lovejoy rated it really liked it
I once belonged to a group that called itself the Medici Group. We studied different topics each month. Fun. For this reason I have enjoyed learning about the Medici family and that is why this book caught my attention while at the library. I learned lots that I didn't know about Catherine--none of it very flattering! The book is filled with beautiful illustrations.
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My low rating is not that this book wasn't well written. It had a good amount of material in it. It was just the frightening things about Catherine de Medici that I didn't like.
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Janie Havemeyer has worked as a museum educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, an elementary school teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a social studies curriculum designer. For the past six years, she has been working as a literacy tutor. She writes narrative, nonfiction picture books for children, and is busy thinking about the next eccentric character whose story she wants to tell.
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