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To win Henri's love and enhance her fertility for which she would pay a price Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the French court and Catherine's blood soaked visions of the future Kalogridis reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband Henri and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne I ve been awfully spoiled recently with plucking books off my shelves that are awesome Warning there be some spoilers My knowledge of Catherine de Medici is very basic I know the vague outline of her life and reputation and always was a bit sympathetic to her because let s be honest she really did draw the short straw in life and made the most of a crappy situation time after time I enjoyed that this story began with the sack of Rome when Catherine was a child and built up to the Massacre of St Batholomew s Day two of Renaissance Europe s most dramatic events in a time that was marred by dramatics I also enjoyed how the author really focused on Catherine not only as a sympathetic character but also showing what s stained her reputation in a better light and by this I m referring to her dabbles in the occult and astrology and how that played a roll in her life in both Florence and France and her abilities a ueen consort and later as regent I also really enjoyed how the author related her relationships with those around her from her uncle the Pope to her father in law husband and sons as well as a little touch on relationship with Mary ueen of Scots and her husband s mistress Diane de Poitiers Kalogridis does a fantastic job of balancing her natural sympathy towards Catherine with keeping as realistic as possible in that Catherine did some uestionable things like her dabbling in the occult but she did them for a reason to protect her own and children s rights to the crown I adored how the lead up to the Massacre played out as it was rather clever believable and for what I know thus far based on minor research and lectures from this past springrather accurate I really enjoyed Kalogridis style of writing and definitely plan on reading the rest her historical work in the future and I highly recommend her

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Sly rich orphan Violent conflict tore apart the city state and she found herself imprisoned before finally being released and married off to the handsome Prince Henri of France Overshadowed by her husband's mistress the gorgeous conniving Diane de Poitiers and unable to bear children Catherine resorted to the dark arts of sorcery Another book fed to the hungry KindleThis novel covers Catherine de Medici s life from her girlhood until shortly after the St Bartholomew s Day massacre The occult plays a heavy role in it Catherine has visions from an early age and at a desperate time in her life resorts to an act of black magic that will have terrible repercussions for her and her familyOn the whole I enjoyed this novel which was told in the first person Kalogridis made Catherine sympathetic for all of her flaws and the writing is uite vivid I also liked the portrait of her husband and of the bitchy little Mary ueen of ScotsCatherine s visions with all of the foreshadowing they entailed became tedious after a while as Catherine repeatedly learned that Something Really Bad was going to happen I found myself muttering Well let s get it over with shall we When Something Really Bad finally did happen ie the massacre it almost seemed anticlimatic as if the author who d been uite descriptive up to then suddenly ran out of steamThat aside this novel did keep my Kindle flipping and I enjoyed getting yet another perspective on Catherine and the French court during this period

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Confidante of Nostradamus scheming mother in law to Mary ueen of Scots and architect of the bloody St Bartholomew's Day Massacre Catherine de Medici is brought to life by Jeanne Kalogridis the bestselling author of I Mona Lisa and The Borgia BrideBorn into one of Florence's most powerful families Catherine was soon left a fabulou The life of Catherine de Medici was anything but ordinary Luckily for us this drama makes for solid historical fiction novels Jeanne Kalogridis focuses on this remarkable woman beginning with her childhood in The Devil s ueen The pages of The Devil s ueen instantly draw the reader in with an onslaught of exciting and dramatic events resulting in a fast pace and compelling plot The problem with this instant bombardment of events is that there are many characters featured without proper introductions and no genealogical table which will confuse those readers unfamiliar with the time period and figures involved Another issue with all of the constant revolving events is that the novel is told in first person narrative and Catherine is not always at the frontlines of the action Therefore she always happens to be at the right place at the right time to overhear prime information or is eavesdropping walks into conversations etc This is distracting and also uite unbelievable concerning how the reality would have naturally occurred On the other hand Kalogridis presents a layered look at Catherine s life with vivid visuals instead of focusing on historical fluff Yes there are liberties taken but overall the novel is a rich insight into the history versus the fiction making The Devil s ueen a very strong novel A warning though one of the central themes which Kalogridis over exaggerates for shock value is one of magick and the occult which isn t appealing to all readers The Devil s ueen features broken chunks of missing time in Catherine s chronological life plus in her character development She jumps in maturity from one chapter to the next but her growth psyche and inner feelings aren t explored A large number of major events occur but her possible reactions aren t revealed Although I like objective historical stances in HF novels it felt like Kalogridis didn t always understand her own character Surprisingly The Devil s ueen is not overly predictable or with too much foreshadowing In fact the novel is actually uite a page turner begging the reader to find out what happens next It is simply a very gripping novel Although not for everyone heavy descriptive detail pleases me However Kalogridis sometimes expedites too much of it slowing the story in such a manner that perhaps her plot was stalled and she instead decided to offer setting details It can t be said that the story isn t illustrative though As The Devil s ueen progresses Kalogridis gives thought to the occult theme Although this interferes with the genuine history it also shows Catherine as a multi dimensional character which is in accordance with her true self Kalogridis does well in making her real processing both positive and negative traits instead of slipping too far in either one direction Accompanying these historical liberties are some inaccuracies for example calling Mary Tudor Bloody Mary when she wasn t called this until after her reign These are relatively minor however and aren t too taxing on the enjoyment of the novelThe final uarter of The Devil s ueen is noticeably poorly executed There is a dragged out buildup to a future climax which is painfully slow and very boring in comparison to Kalogridis s style until this point The reader will want to yell Get on with it Despite this slower pace readers will understand the events leading to the St Bartholomew Day Massacre with clarity However the conclusion is very anti climatic and the ending is weak and even slightly fluffy Kalogridis does include a brief Author s Note in order to set some facts straight I stress brief so don t expect much detailEven though The Devil s ueen has some flaws it is readable exciting and heavy on the history Kalogridis emphasizes politics so than the lusty love lives of royalty which is a relief The novel is much better than many of the HF novels currently available and is a suitable source on Catherine de Medici The Devil s ueen is recommended for all interested in Catherine and in this time period

  • Paperback
  • 470
  • The Devil's ueen
  • Jeanne Kalogridis
  • English
  • 02 October 2019
  • 9780312624149

About the Author: Jeanne Kalogridis

Jeanne was born in Florida and has been interested in books ever since Her interest in language led her to earn an MA in Linguistics She taught English as a Second Language for eight years at The American University of Washington DC before retiring to write full time She now lives in California with an overly adored Labrador retriever Her outside interests include yoga and reading ever



10 thoughts on “The Devil's ueen

  1. says:

    The life of Catherine de Medici was anything but ordinary Luckily for us this drama makes for solid historical fiction novels Jeanne Kalogridis focuses on this remarkable woman beginning with her childhood in “The Devil’s ueen”The pages of “The Devil’s ueen” instantly draw the reader in with an onslaught of exciting and dramatic events; resulting in a fast pace and compelling plot The problem with t

  2. says:

    Author Jeanne Kalogridis puts her own spin on the life of the infamous Catherine de Medici in The Devil's ueen Left orphaned and extremely wealthy Catherine's early life was marred by revolts among the Florentines against the de Medicis Once the revolts are over her hopes to rule Florence are forever dashed when her uncle the Pope

  3. says:

    It is hard to make a ueen who shoulders the blame for a religious massacre sympathetic so Jeanne Kalogridis doesn’t try Instead she goes the complete opposite direction Giving us an unsentimental ueen who would commit any atrocity to save herself or someone she loves Even as a girl she is already murdering and dabbling in black magic For th

  4. says:

    Frieda Leonie has written an excellent history of Catherione de Medici based on deep research I gave it 5 stars and highly recommend it to people interested in Catherine de Medici and the Valois lineage of French rulers I have read a few reviews of Kalogridis's book on Goodreads and am afraid this historical nove

  5. says:

    Another book fed to the hungry KindleThis novel covers Catherine de Medici's life from her girlhood until shortly after the

  6. says:

    ‘“Madame’ he said gently “You and I understand each other well I think – better than the rest of the world unde

  7. says:

    Historical novels written from the perspective of an actual historical figure can be a hit and miss Depending on how much is known about that person's life the author may have a lot or very little to go on As with any historical fiction depicting a real life figure there may be some assumptions andor embellishments about events in said fig

  8. says:

    I've been awfully spoiled recently with plucking books off my shelves that are awesome Warning there be some spoilers My knowledge of Catherine de Medici is very basic I know the vague outline of her life and reputation and always was a bit sympathetic to her because let's be honest she really did draw the short straw in life and made the m

  9. says:

    This is a historical romance and if you are a fan of this genre of novels I would recommend this book to you I am

  10. says:

    DNF page 201I was just so bored

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