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Catherine de' Medici (1518-89) is one of the most controversial of all historical figures. Wife of one French King and mother of three others she was a key figure Renaissance France and ineradicably associated with the St Bartholomew Massacre. Professor Knecht goes behind the familiar Black Legend to assess the real Catherine and reveals a more sympathetic figure than most

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Pearson
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R.J. Knecht is an outstanding historian of the the Valois monarchy and the French Wars of Religion. In this study he provides a biography of Catherine de'Medici who was Henry II's queen, and a strong influence over her sons' (Francis II, Charles IX, and Henry III)reigns during the French Wars of Religion. We learn much about Catherine in this book and her influence of politics during the French Wars of Religion.
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R.J. Knecht is Emeritus Professor of French History at the University of Birmingham, where he has taught since 1956. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Société de l'Histoire de France, Professor Knecht has been Reviews Editor of the journal 'French History' and is a member of its editorial board. He has also been Chairman of the Society for Renaissance Studies and is curr ...more
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