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
Както се очаква от един кралски двор, все има интриги и политика. Тук беше включена и фентъзи нотка, която ми допадна. Образът на главната героиня обаче не ми се понрави - усещах я прекалено наивна, прекалено не ...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
This novel is written from the first person perspective, which can be very interesting when done right. Even with letters from that person, ...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
I really liked this book, and I especially like the fact that here is depicted her whole life, from the moment wh ...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
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
So the first thing that caught my eye in the summary of this book was Mary, Queen of Scots. I’m ashamed to admit right now that whenever I hear that name I immediately think of Jen Pringle and Anne Shirley from those indulgent PBS movies. So, once I put that hurdle behind me I was able to give Catherine her due.
I love books about strong women. I think, to be a pawn like these women were, and make a place for yourself would have been so difficult, especially when faced ...more
There were times that I wanted to quit reading this book so I rewarded myself with starting two other books as a treat for reading more in The Devil’s Queen. I made it ...more
The blurb tells us who Catherine Medici was — at the death of her parents, she becomes heiress to Florence and is used as a political pawn, imprisoned, then married off to Prince Henry of France, becomes Queen of France and eventually the instigator of a massacre.
Knowing nothing about this woman or this time in history, I was instantly intrigued. I find ...more
Catherine was a highly educated, highly intelligent wom ...more
I am absolutely fascinated with this period in history and love these semi-fictional re-tellings, Taking things are absolute fact and mixing in a compelling story is not easy, especially with a character that is generally viewed as one of the more unpopular historical features, but this author does an amazing job.
Fans of the TV show Reign would devour this other side of the story, as would anyone who enjoys historical novels.
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