Catherine de Medici : A Biography
by Leonie Frieda
Editor: Orion Publishing Co
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The best-selling revisionist biography of one of the great women of the 16th century, Orphan from childhood, Catherine de Médicis was the sole and legitimate heiress of the Medici family and fortune.Married at fourteen, the future Henri II of France, she was constantly humiliated by her influential mistress Diane de Poitiers.When her husband died following a duel accident in Paris, Catherine was made regent during the short reign of her eldest son (married to Marie, Queen of Scots, and like most of her children, he died young)When her second son became king, she has the power behind the throneShe had dynastic ambitions, but was constantly sucked into political and religious intrigues between Catholics and Protestants that struck France for much of the latter part of her life.It had always been said that she was involved in the famous St Bartholomew’s Massacre, together with the king and his third son, who succeeded her on the throne in 1574 but was assassinatedHer political influence diminished, but she survived long enough to succeed her son-in-law, who had married her daughter Margaret
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