The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici

The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici

Jeanne Kalogridis / Sep 21, 2019

The Devil s Queen A Novel of Catherine de Medici From Jeanne Kalogridis the bestselling author of I Mona Lisa and The Borgia Bride comes a new novel that tells the passionate story of a queen who loved not wisely but all too well Confidante of No

  • Title: The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici
  • Author: Jeanne Kalogridis
  • ISBN: 9780312368432
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From Jeanne Kalogridis, the bestselling author of I, Mona Lisa and The Borgia Bride, comes a new novel that tells the passionate story of a queen who loved not wisely but all too well Confidante of Nostradamus, scheming mother in law to Mary, Queen of Scots, and architect of the bloody St Bartholomew s Day Massacre, Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligneFrom Jeanne Kalogridis, the bestselling author of I, Mona Lisa and The Borgia Bride, comes a new novel that tells the passionate story of a queen who loved not wisely but all too well.Confidante of Nostradamus, scheming mother in law to Mary, Queen of Scots, and architect of the bloody St Bartholomew s Day Massacre, Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history In her latest historical fiction, Jeanne Kalogridis tells Catherine s story that of a tender young girl, destined to be a pawn in Machiavellian games Born into one of Florence s most powerful families, Catherine was soon left a fabulously rich heiress by the early deaths of her parents Violent conflict rent the city state and she found herself imprisoned and threatened by her family s enemies before finally being released and married off to the handsome Prince Henry 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 to win Henry 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, Henry, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne.

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


    1. 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 Queen”.The pages of “The Devil’s Queen” 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 w [...]

    2. Author Jeanne Kalogridis puts her own spin on the life of the infamous Catherine de Medici in The Devil's Queen. 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 child [...]

    3. It is hard to make a Queen 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 Queen 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. [...]

    4. Интригуваща, исторически достоверна и увлекателна. Представя кралицата не като чудовище, виновно за Вартоломеевата нощ, а като жена със съвест, колебания и разкаяния. Препоръчвам.

    5. E un roman incredibil. Mi-a placut mult, l-am citit fara sa ma pot desprinde de el, cu toate astea spre sfarsit am incetinit ritmul fiindca nu vroiam sa se termine. Am scris mai multe pe blog: dorinadanila/2017/01/14/r

    6. Another book fed to the hungry Kindle!This 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 family.On the whole, I enjoyed this novel, which was told in the first person. Kalogridis made Catherine sympathetic, for all of her flaws, an [...]

    7. 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 and am afraid this historical novel (The Devil's Queen: 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 sta [...]

    8. ‘“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, Queen, Consort of Henry II, King of France 1519-1589 to Catherine during one of his visits before being removed for an astrologer.The Devil’s Queen was fond of astrology and much of her life, Catherine De Medici p [...]

    9. Започна интересно, но очевидно не е моята книга. Може би заради това, че повечето факти от живота на Катерина вече знаех и ми се струваше, че действието се разточва твърде дълго. Не бих казала, че стила на авторката е суховат, въпреки това. Вероятно просто съм я започнала в гре [...]

    10. 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 ends.I read this book hopi [...]

    11. Catherine de Medici is a child of the infamous Medici family, rulers of Florence. After rebels topple the family, Catherine is forced into captivity. Even though Catherine is eventually rescued, her life will never be the same. As a daughter of the Medici family and niece to the Pope, Catherine is forced to become a political pawn in her family's schemes. She is sent to France to marry the unwilling Prince Henri. In France, Catherine continues her odd childhood fascination with astrology and get [...]

    12. I've really been into historical books lately, and it might be just a funny coincidence that my latest reads in this genre both regard the same queen: Catherine de Medici. Known under a lot of different names, including Devil's Queen, why not, she is the one behind the massacre on Saint Bartholomew's Night, that ended up in thousand of deaths and with a change in the french dynasties.I really liked this book, and I especially like the fact that here is depicted her whole life, from the moment wh [...]

    13. 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 and/or embellishments about events in said figure's life.This novel is written from the first person perspective, which can be very interesting when done right. Even with letters from that person, [...]

    14. 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 Massacr [...]

    15. A fascinating romp through the history of the Black Queen that ultimately enabled one to understand the limits (or lack there of) of power, love and loyalty. As a character I enjoyed Catherine, her childhood clearly demonstrated how loyalty and the need for love shaped her as a woman. This was my first foray into historical fiction and I'm glad that I had a god experience. This book is action packed from the beginning to the end which keeps the pace of the story moving. The astrological referenc [...]

    16. For me this book was an example of a really good historical novel. I read some interesting books about the France during the civil war in the middle of the 16th century, such as the “Young Henry of Navarre" by Heinrich Mann and "The master of all desires" by Judith Merkel Riley. But they had portrayed Catherine de Medici as a plotting, scheming force behind the bloodshed in a war between the Protestants and the Catholics. In the "Devil's queen" we see a very different Catherine de Medici, a qu [...]

    17. The first thing that bugged me was the lack of a family tree, as had been included in the author's earlier "The Borgia Bride"; in that case it would have been fine without, but not so for this family and their repetition of names. This book started off slowly, and while there were plenty opportunites for an interesting story, the twists (if you can call them that) were minimal and the book ended up being too long for its own good. There were interesting tidbits and facts scattered throughout, bu [...]

    18. Caterina de Medici este un personaj extrem de puternic din istoria Franței și știam destul de multe lucruri despre ea. Aș fi vrut ca romanul acesta să îmi transmită mai mult, să mă ajute să o înțeleg mai bine ca femeie, nu doar ca o mare regină. Cred că autoarea nu și-a pus foarte bine amprenta personală asupra lui, căci mi s-a părut destul de impersonal, deși relatarea e făcută la persoana întâi. Prea multe detalii politice și istorice, pe care le-aș fi putut afla de pe [...]

    19. Един интересен и увлекателен поглед, над събитията случили се през живота на Катерина де Медичи. Наистина очаквах да видя нейната персона представена по малко по-различен начин, но признавам, че въпреки всичко съм много очарована от книгата.

    20. I went into this book not knowing much about Catherine de Medici, besides the fact that the de Medici family was extremely powerful in Italy at the time. Now, I want to learn more about this strong woman.I don't know where to begin Catherine's life is a mess. Her parents died when she was very young which forced her to be raised by her aunt, who served as a pseudo-'regent' Catherine and her cousins in Florence. Her father had been made Duke of Urbino by his uncle the Pope but her mother was a co [...]

    21. The first quarter of this book had me enthralled and I am convinced that Jeanne Kalogridis is a talented author and despite my dislike of The Borgia Bride, I will look at her future works. I enjoyed reading about young orphan Catherine and how the Medici's were brutally ran from their home by their own countrymen. As young Catherine is imprisoned in one nunnery after another, her heart is broken time and time again as every woman she holds in high regard or esteem is either killed or taken from [...]

    22. I knew nothing of Catherine de Medici before reading this novel, so I will review it according to that. I was going to give it four stars, but haven't yet decided how well I liked it.Jeanne Kalogridis is certainly a good writer. I enjoyed the stylistic choices she made, for the most part, though some things at the end confused me. I am still not sure if Margeurite (Margot) and Edouard were ever romantically involved. Everything that happened to her was terrible and Caterina's acknowledgement at [...]

    23. Original review posted hereSo the first thing that caught my eye in the summary of this book was Mary, Queen of Scots. I’m ashamed to admit right now that whenever I hear that name I immediately think of Jen Pringle and Anne Shirley from those indulgent PBS movies. So, once I put that hurdle behind me I was able to give Catherine her due.I love books about strong women. I think, to be a pawn like these women were, and make a place for yourself would have been so difficult, especially when face [...]

    24. The Devil's Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis was just OK for me. I missed not having a family tree in the book to see how she was related to everyone else. This is a difficult review to write since I usually love historical fiction. I know that the author must have done a tremendous amount of research and worked on this book a long time.There were times that I wanted to quit reading this book so I rewarded myself with starting two other books as a treat for reading more in The Devil’s Queen. I made [...]

    25. Ok, I read this in preparation for our upcoming Paris trip. It was very good historical fiction. Queen Catherine (nee de Medici ) has a reputation as a heartless cruel woman. She is primarily held responsible for the St. Bartholomew day massacre in the late 16th century, during which many Huguenots (Protestants) were murdered in the streets. This book doesn't try to change Catherine's reputation, but rather to give readers an understanding of what motivated her and shaped her into the woman she [...]

    26. I picked this up in the library while browsing covers, blurbs, and first pages. With such a title, I thought how evil is this woman going to be?The blurb tells us who Catherine Medici was — at the death of her parents, she becomes heiress to Florence and is used as a political pawn, imprisoned, then married off to Prince Henry of France, becomes Queen of France and eventually the instigator of a massacre.Knowing nothing about this woman or this time in history, I was instantly intrigued. I fin [...]

    27. Magic, sexual escapades, court intrigue, death, war The Devil’s Queen A Novel of Catherine de Medici by Jeanne Kalogridis has it all. Despite this fact, I am left wondering what I got out of this book. There were times in the book where I was turning the pages fast desperate to know what would happen next and other times where I was immensely bored and wondering when something interesting would happen. Sometimes I felt a connection with the protagonist other times I felt there was something la [...]

    28. This is a very interesting fictional-biography of the life of Catherine deMedici from her stormy childhood in Florence to her decades in France where she eventually became Queen alongside her husband Henri III. There was much of interest and some with which I disagreed, such as a portrayal of a truce-like relationship with her husband's favorite mistress, Diane de Poitiers, while I had always heard that Catherine maliciously evicted Diane from chateau Chinonceau to a sort of exile at the less gr [...]

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