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The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner
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Feb 05, 2011

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Read in January, 2010

The Confessions Of Catherine De Medici did not "wow" me as much as The Last Queen. I am not entirely sure why. C.W. Gortner unfolds Catherine's story with the same finesse as Juana La Loca. However, I just was not as impressed with Catherine - it may be a mixture of not connecting with Catherine as much as Juana; the fact that there were a lot of names thrown about (and sometimes duplicate names); and a lot of political ups-and-downs every other page or so. The latter is probably the majority of my discontent - Catherine lived in a very complicated political world that never seemed to let her relax and enjoy herself. Not that Juana didn't have a complex life, but I did not feel as overwhelmed in details and people then.

As far as historical fiction goes, I will still keep my eyes peeled for C.W. Gortner and his scintillating interpretations of famous queens with unflattering reputations. I absolutely love his writing style - the descriptions and personal thoughts continue to be the highlight of his novels.

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