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    • Catherine de Medici

    • Renaissance Queen of France
    • By: Leonie Frieda
    • Narrated by: Sarah Le Fevre
    • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Poisoner, despot, necromancer - the dark legend of Catherine de Medici is centuries old. In this critically hailed biography, Leonie Frieda reclaims the story of this unjustly maligned queen to reveal a skilled ruler battling extraordinary political and personal odds - from a troubled childhood in Florence to her marriage to Henry, son of King Francis I of France; from her transformation of French culture to her fight to protect her throne and her sons' birthright. Based on thousands of private letters, it is a remarkable account of one of the most influential women to wear a crown.

    Regular price: $49.05

    • Francis I

    • The Maker of Modern France
    • By: Leonie Frieda
    • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
    • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rekindling salamandrine fires...

    • By Zaubermond on 09-29-18

    Regular price: $34.22

    • Catherine De Medici

    • By: Leonie Frieda
    • Narrated by: Anna Massey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Abridged
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An outstanding performance of an excellent book

    • By Zaubermond on 05-24-11

    Regular price: $15.88

    • Catherine de Medici

    • A Biography
    • By: Leonie Frieda
    • 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.

    Regular price: $21.81

    • Francis I

    • The Maker of Modern France
    • By: Leonie Frieda
    • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Francis I (1494-1547) was inconstant, amorous, hotheaded 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.

    Regular price: $21.31