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THE DEVIL'S QUEEN
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Kalogridis delves into the life of one of the most maligned women in history, Catherine de Medici. The author paints a compassionate portrait of a woman who was a pawn to her family, unloved by her husband and hated by the French, yet rose to a position of power -- perhaps through the black arts, perhaps through intelligence. Either way, Kalogridis makes Catherine accessible to readers.
As a child Catherine is left a wealthy heiress, imprisoned by her family until she's wed to King Henry of France. She comes to France at a time of great political unrest and religious turmoil. Alone in a foreign country, despised by the people (blamed for the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of French Protestants), she fights for her husband's affection against his powerful mistress, Diane de Poitiers.
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Publisher: ST. MARTIN'S
Published: July 2009