The Confessions of Catherine De Medici, Paperback

The Confessions of Catherine De Medici Paperback

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I was ten years old when I discovered I might be a witch...The sixteenth century: the era of queens.

Catherine de Medici is an impressionable, mystical girl.

She is orphaned and taken hostage by her enemies, and manipulated by her advisors; yet she is to become France's most powerful regent.

History will make her name synonymous with evil, but she is all too human.

Humiliated at the hands of her husband and his mistress, and haunted by her gift of second sight, she must rise above her troubles and fight to save her dynasty and adopted country from the brutal Wars of Religion...In THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI, C W Gortner vividly depicts the turbulent life of one of history's most notorious yet misunderstood women.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780340962978



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The last legitimate descendant of the illustrious Medici line, Catherine suffers the expulsion of her family from her native Florence and narrowly escapes death at the hands of an enraged mob. While still a teenager, she is betrothed to Henri, son of François I of France, and sent from Italy to an unfamiliar realm where she is overshadowed and humiliated by her husband's lifelong mistress. Ever resilient, Catherine strives to create a role for herself through her patronage of the famous clairvoyant Nostradamus and her own innate gift as a seer. But in her fortieth year, Catherine is widowed, left alone with six young children as regent of a kingdom torn apart by religious discord and the ambitions of a treacherous nobility.My Thoughts:I knew nothing at all about Catherine de Medici apart from that she had an interest in the occult. This book has been sitting on my shelf for some time so I decided to give it ago and to read about somebody that I knew nothing about.I quickly got straight in to the life of Catherine and was finding I wanted more. I was however waiting for something that in this book was not going to happen. I wanted to read a lot more about Catherine and her interests in the occult but in this account there was very little. I then found myself a little let down as I think I was expecting a lot more and I was getting bored with the book as I felt it was just droning on and not really going anywhere.The first half of the book I loved and then I just lost interest so for the time being the book remains unfinished. Catherine herslf I want to know more and half been reading reviews about her in other books which I will seek out in the future.

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