The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici
From Jeanne Kalogridis, the bestselling author of I, Mona Lisa and The Borgia Bride, comes a new novel that tells the passionate story of a queen who loved not wisely . . . but all too well.
Confidante of Nostradamus, scheming mother-in-law to Mary, Queen of Scots, and architect of the bloody St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligne
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The pages of “The Devil’s Queen” instantly draw the reader in with an onslaught of exciting and dramatic events; resulting in a fast pace and compelling plot. The problem with this instant bombardment of events is that there are many characters featured without prope ...more
This novel covers Catherine de Medici's life from her girlhood until shortly after the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre. The occult plays a heavy role in it; Catherine has visions from an early age, and at a desperate time in her life resorts to an act of black magic that will have terrible repercussions for her and her family.
On the whole, I enjoyed this novel, which was told in the first person. Kalogridis made Catherine sympathetic, for all of her flaws, an ...more
‘“Madame’, he said gently. “You and I understand each other well, I think – better than the rest of the world understands us. You and I see things others do not. Too much for our comfort.’” The words of Monsieur de Nostredame to Madame la Reine – Catherine de Medicis, Queen, Consort of Henry II, King of France 1519-1589 to Catherine during one of his visits before being removed for an astrologer.
The Devil’s Queen was fond of astrology and much of her life, Catherine De Medici practiced the art w ...more
My knowledge of Catherine de Medici is very basic. I know the vague outline of her life and reputation and always was a bit sympathetic to her because, let's be honest, she really did draw the short straw in life and made the most of a crappy situation time after time.
I enjoyed that this story began with the sack of Rome, when Catherine was a child and built up to the Massacr ...more
It starts out with Catherine Medici as a 8 year old in Florence and I managed to read through the trials and tribulations of her childhood (I am not sure how accurate the story is) and through to the start of her marriage. Not having finished the book I cannot say at what point in Catherines life it ends.
I read this book hopi ...more
I really liked this book, and I especially like the fact that here is depicted her whole life, from the moment wh ...more
Catherine was a highly educated, highly intelligent wom ...more
Jeanne Kalogridis is certainly a good writer. I enjoyed the stylistic choices she made, for the most part, though some things at the end confused me. I am still not sure if Margeurite (Margot) and Edouard were ever romantically involved.
Everything that happened to her was terrible and Caterina's acknowledgement at ...more
I don't know where to begin... Catherine's life is a mess. Her parents died when she was very young which forced her to be raised by her aunt, who served as a pseudo-'regent' Catherine and her cousins in Florence. Her father had been made Duke of Urbino by his uncle the Pope but her mother was a ...more
Historically well researched ...more
But I wouldn't read this if you're a stickler for accuracy. Though there are a lot of accuracies, there seemed to be as many, if not more, inaccuracies - particularly with the complete omission of Catherine's youngest son and the liberties taken on the issue of witchcraft.
This fictional account of Catherine De Medici's life was just what I look for in historical fiction - It made me want to learn more about her. To me, that is what makes the best historical fiction books.
Catherine was an amazing woman - she was into astrology and magic, she was a mathematical genious, and extremely intelligent. She was lo ...more
This is quite a rich storytelling of one of those women from history who led a life that very few people in the world could ever even begin to imagine.
Although the astrology/witchcraft scenes make for good reading ...more
That was soon followed by a two-year stint as a legal secretary. The good part about that was, I learned how to type, which comes in useful these days. Then ...more