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The Devil's ueen

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 ‘“Madame’ he said gently “You and I understand each other well I think – better than the rest of the world understands us You and I see things others do not Too much for our comfort’” The words of Monsieur de Nostredame to Madame la Reine – Catherine de Medicis ueen Consort of Henry II King of France 1519 1589 to Catherine during one of his visits before being removed for an astrologerThe Devil’s ueen was fond of astrology and much of her life Catherine De Medici practiced the art whenever possible Her childhood friend Cosimo Ruggieri was the son of Bernozzo a physician and psychic His date of birth is unknown but appears to be about the same as Catherine and both are from Florence Cosimo the magician would play a deep and abiding role in Cathrine’s entire life From amulets to spells Cosimo watched over and loved Catherine from afar for most of his lifeThis version of Catherine’s life is uniuely different from any other I could find And the reviews for the most part failed to give Author Kalogridis credit for her uniue approach to a much written subjectCosimo gave Catherine a black stone with a bit of greenery – the Wing of Corvus Resing held the power of the raven’s star and the wing would shelter her from harm Although she died before Cosimo Catherine depended on Cosimo for comfort guidance and the necessary spells to provide heirs escape harm and keep her family in power Was the Saint Bartholemew massacre fate or a result of Catherine’s actions? Read The Devil’s ueen and decide for yourself

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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 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 those of you unfamiliar with Catherine de Medici the Italian born duchess was reduced to living in a convent after her family was deposed in Florence In a true Cinderella story she marries the second son Henry of King Francoise of France She ends up the ueen of France and though a mere figurehead during her husbands rule she has a great influence over the reigns of her sons Because Catherine ruled France during such a tumultuous time religious upheaval civil wars weak kings her reign was marked with political gaffes and intrigues the most notably The ST Bartholomew’s Massacre leading to the deaths of tens of thousands of Huguenots French Protestants Never faltering and with clear determination Catherine meets rivals for her husbands heart and traitors seeking to claim the throne Kalogridis’ Catherine is decidedly evil which makes for entertaining story telling and is historically probable The author doesn’t try to excuse any of Catherine’s behavior but she does give us fictionalized back story to try and establish her motivations Since Kalogridis is prone to dramatics and excessive detail she’s also known for a lively look into the family of Dracula let me say that if you’re looking for historical accuracy this probably isn’t your novel But if you’re looking for a spirited read that enlivens history into Catherine’s time The Devil’s ueen is an excellent choice I thoroughly enjoyed itI’d like to add that I was fortunate enough to pick up the audio version read by Kate Reading Reading delivers a commanding ueen and is pure magic to listen to The French words are pronounced perfectly to my English ears and her pacing is spot on

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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 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 not a fan and for that reason I did not finish the book It starts out with Catherine Medici as a 8 year old in Florence and I managed to read through the trials and tribulations of her childhood I am not sure how accurate the story is and through to the start of her marriage Not having finished the book I cannot say at what point in Catherines life it endsI read this book hoping that it would be a regular historical fiction novel that would tell me about the Medici family It did not fulfill my hopes

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  • 470
  • The Devil's ueen
  • Jeanne Kalogridis
  • English
  • 16 January 2018
  • 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 The Devil's ePUB ✓ 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 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

  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 marries her off to Henri the second son of the French King Disenchanted with Catherine Henri soon turns to the older Diane de Poitiers for comfort and the childless Catherine becomes increasingly desperate to conceive a child before she is cast aside and that includes resorting to charting the stars and casting spells Henri's older brother dies leaving him heir to the crown and Catherine destined to be ueen although de Poitiers is the one who will remain the power behind the throne Despite success at finally conceiving thanks to the black arts the predictions of Nostradamus and Ruggieri of the fate that awaits Henri and her children continue to haunt her dreams and she will take any steps to protect them no matter what cost and the story finally culminates with her daughter Margot's marriage to Henry of Navarre and the St Bartholomew's Day massacre Alrighty that storyline should have enough meat on it's bones to keep a reader riveted don't you think? Not but then it's probably just me again it usually is My problems start with the use of the first person narrative effectively hemming the author into a very limited point of view To witness certain private events the author had to invent situations wherein Catherine could observe them and worse yet when Catherine is not involved in the action she is recounting history to the reader so that we're being told and not shown and I found myself nodding off on a few occasions A genealogy chart andor cast of characters is sadly missing how many average readers are truly familiar with the period and it's players? Something to refer back to would have been very helpful and I thought it a bit presumptuous not to include it As for the sex it's not over the top but at times I felt it a bit too gratuitous and there were way too many instances of it being done from the back side Less is Also and anyone correct me if I'm wrong but according to other books I've read and Wik there were four sons who ruled where in the hell was Henri the third son? Did I read a different book again? For the most part Kalogridis appears to stick to known history although there are two plot twists which I will not divulge that are rather far fetched IMHO and unfortunately the author does not address them in her meager 1 12 page author notes as to what historical basis she has for including those in her story Get it from the library if you must I'm glad I did A very very generous three stars Honestly I think you're better off with Dumas try The Two Dianas and La Reine Margot

  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 those of you unfamiliar with Catherine de Medici the Italian born duchess was reduced to living in a convent after her family was deposed in Florence In a true Cinderella story she marries the second son Henry of King Francoise of France She ends up the ueen of France and though a mere figurehead during her husbands rule she has a great influence over the reigns of her sons Because Catherine ruled France during such a tumultuous time religious upheaval civil wars weak kings her reign was marked with political gaffes and intrigues the most notably The ST Bartholomew’s Massacre leading to the deaths of tens of thousands of Huguenots French Protestants Never faltering and with clear determination Catherine meets rivals for her husbands heart and traitors seeking to claim the throne Kalogridis’ Catherine is decidedly evil which makes for entertaining story telling and is historically probable The author doesn’t try to excuse any of Catherine’s behavior but she does give us fictionalized back story to try and establish her motivations Since Kalogridis is prone to dramatics and excessive detail she’s also known for a lively look into the family of Dracula let me say that if you’re looking for historical accuracy this probably isn’t your novel But if you’re looking for a spirited read that enlivens history into Catherine’s time The Devil’s ueen is an excellent choice I thoroughly enjoyed itI’d like to add that I was fortunate enough to pick up the audio version read by Kate Reading Reading delivers a commanding ueen and is pure magic to listen to The French words are pronounced perfectly to my English ears and her pacing is spot on

  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 novel The Devil's ueen A Novel of Catherine de Medici may be closer to a Philippi Gregory tale than to a historically based novel At first I decided not read it but to skim it With the starting of the TV soap opera casted and written program Reign I decided to read this book and finally assigned it 3 starsI finally read the novel The Devil's ueen in November 2013 It is an interesting book and has much of the history of Friedo Leonie's book The novel appears to be based on much of the documentation of this history with two large differences In the novel pages and pages are based on Catherine's meetings with astrologers and other students of magic throughout her life In the history it is barely mentioned and the characters of the astrologers and Nostrodamus are not mentioned In the novel the author says she only depicted 5 of the children because it would take up too much space to have the others born Ironically her history deals with the births and names of all Catherine's children on ONE PAGEIn contrast Leonie's is a real history full of facts relationships and events that filled the long life of Catherine de Medici who became ueen consort of France's Henri II and then was the ueen regent of three of their sons during the era of France's Religious Wars Fortunately there are numerous records letters and memoirs from this era This Italian descendant of the de Medici family was hard to marry off in France because she was not of royal lineage but from a merchant family The book begins with a summary of the Medici family but did not stress the contributions to the arts by the family especially Lorenzo The Magnificent Catherine herself continued the family history of sponsoring the arts Catherine de Medici was treated as an evil manipulative ueen and she certainly was manipulative including using her voice and statements to ingratiate herself when needed Childless for 10 years she then rapidly had 10 children and she made certain that her sons inherited the crown but she was the real ruler of France As Freida portrayed her the real period of evil was the Massacre on Saint Barthalomew's day in which Huguenots and Royal armies battled gruesomely under her rule Prior to that time she had led to many treaties that were intended to pacify the land Frieda distinguished the treaties that allowed for freedom of religion and later in Catherine's reign freedom of thought While Catherine was regent during their youth she continued to rule and advise her sons long after they reached a normal age of rule on their own 18 usually but contracts could set different ages While her Catholicism would have led her to support Mary ueen of Scots she and England's ueen Elizabeth communicated uite often and with respect near the end of Catherine's life I would urge anyone really interested in the Medici's this era and Catherine de Medici to read the interesting Frieda Leonie history rather than this novel But for an overview that is not too much diverging from history the Kalogridis novel is OK in my judgment It has enough untwisted content for 3 stars and the writing is interesting

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    ‘“Madame’ he said gently “You and I understand each other well I think – better than the rest of the world understands us You and I see things others do not Too much for our comfort’” The words of Monsieur de Nostredame to Madame la Reine – Catherine de Medicis ueen Consort of Henry II King of France 1519 1589 to Catherine during one of his visits before being removed for an astrologerThe Devil’s ueen was fond of astrology and much of her life Catherine De Medici practiced the art whenever possible Her childhood friend Cosimo Ruggieri was the son of Bernozzo a physician and psychic His date of birth is unknown but appears to be about the same as Catherine and both are from Florence Cosimo the magician would play a deep and abiding role in Cathrine’s entire life From amulets to spells Cosimo watched over and loved Catherine from afar for most of his lifeThis version of Catherine’s life is uniuely different from any other I could find And the reviews for the most part failed to give Author Kalogridis credit for her uniue approach to a much written subjectCosimo gave Catherine a black stone with a bit of greenery – the Wing of Corvus Resing held the power of the raven’s star and the wing would shelter her from harm Although she died before Cosimo Catherine depended on Cosimo for comfort guidance and the necessary spells to provide heirs escape harm and keep her family in power Was the Saint Bartholemew massacre fate or a result of Catherine’s actions? Read The Devil’s ueen and decide for yourself

  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 figure's lifeThis novel is written from the first person perspective which can be very interesting when done right Even with letters from that person or firsthand accounts of said person it is next to impossible to know what a person really thought or felt about any situation it takes a careful hand to present a realistic portrayal of how a historical figure may have felt about what was happening around them or how they viewed themselvesI think the author did a good job of presenting a realistic POV for Catherine de Medici and her reactions to certain events of her life such as her husband's infidelities or what happened with her children The magic aspect when it came to her children certainly was an intriguing bit of fantasy from the author but one that could fit in real life I was not sure how to feel about the 'revelation' of the Prince of Navarre as there is nothing to support that However I will say that within the other fantasy the author put in the book it was an intriguing plot point I can only say that while you can enjoy this book make yourself aware of what is pure fictionThe author's notes at the back of the book give a good bit of historical context and actually led me to do research on my own Though with the death of all four of Catherine's sons the fourth son not mentioned in this novel predeceased his older brother so Edouard's death really did end the Valois dynasty the House of Valois may have come to an end but Catherine de Medici's descendants continued through her daughters so she is still the ancestor of many notable figures including royalty or their spouses of various countries

  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 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

  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 not a fan and for that reason I did not finish the book It starts out with Catherine Medici as a 8 year old in Florence and I managed to read through the trials and tribulations of her childhood I am not sure how accurate the story is and through to the start of her marriage Not having finished the book I cannot say at what point in Catherines life it endsI read this book hoping that it would be a regular historical fiction novel that would tell me about the Medici family It did not fulfill my hopes

  10. says:

    DNF page 201I was just so bored

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