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  • Catherine De Medici | Leonie Frieda

    Catherine De Medici

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Leonie Frieda
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
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    Leonie Frieda has returned to original sources and re-read the thousands of letters left by Catherine de Medici. There has not been a biography in English of Catherine for many years, and she believes that the time has come to show her as one of the most influential women in 16th-century Europe.

    Die Falknerin says: "An outstanding performance of an excellent book"
  • Francis I: The Maker of Modern France

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Leonie Frieda
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
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    Francis I (1494-1547) was inconstant, amorous, hot-headed and flawed. Yet he was also arguably the most significant king that France ever had. This is his story. A contemporary of Henry VIII of England, Francis saw himself as the first Renaissance king, a man who was the exemplar of courtly and civilised behaviour throughout Europe. A courageous and heroic warrior, he was also a keen aesthete, an accomplished diplomat and an energetic ruler who turned his country into a force to be reckoned with.

  • Francis I: The Maker of Modern France

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    • By Leonie Frieda
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
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    Catherine de Medici's father-in-law, King Francis of France, was the perfect Renaissance knight, the movement's exemplar and its Gallic interpreter. An aesthete, diplomat par excellence, and contemporary of Machiavelli, Francis was the founder of modern France, whose sheer force of will and personality molded his kingdom into the first European superpower. Arguably the man who introduced the Renaissance to France, Francis was also the prototype Frenchman - a national identity was modeled on his character.

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