Catherine de Medici

A Biography
Narrated by: Sarah Le Fevre
Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
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The best-selling revisionist biography of one of the great women of the 16th century.

Orphaned in infancy, Catherine de Medici was the sole legitimate heiress to the Medici family fortune. Married at 14 to the future Henri II of France, she was constantly humiliated by his influential mistress, Diane de Poitiers. When her husband died as a result of a duelling accident in Paris, Catherine was made queen regent during the short reign of her eldest son (married to Mary Queen of Scots, and like many of her children he died young). When her second son became king, she was the power behind the throne. 

She nursed dynastic ambitions but was continually drawn into political and religious intrigues between Catholics and Protestants that plagued France for much of the later part of her life. It had always been said that she was implicated in the notorious Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre, together with the king and her third son, who succeeded to the throne in 1574 but was murdered. Her political influence waned, but she survived long enough to ensure the succession of her son-in-law who had married her daughter Margaret. 

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  • Sean
  • 02-08-20

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Read a few books about women in the middle ages I'm not surprised at the brutality of some of them who managed to achieve and retain positions of power. Brilliant book about a strong woman, one of many. The narration coulda been better.

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  • Sandra H.
  • 03-02-20

A Balanced Biography

Firstly, the book is narrated absolutely brilliantly. The book is one of the best historical biographies I ever read, it offers a balanced assessment on Catherine de Medici life, not only her ruthless side but also her attempts at compromise. A portrait of a strong woman, of a survivor.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-19

loved it!!!

The whole book was captivating. i always thought there isnt enough information about catherine and im happy this book its out there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-19

catherine de medici

I struggled with this book, often skipping ahead. I thought the narrator drone like and the quoting of date after date confusing. Too many French quotes without translation were daunting. Overall, a boring book (only in my opinion) for what is surely a fascinating subject.