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    The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

    Hachette UK
    31

    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.
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    “The Confessions of Catherine de Medici is a dramatic, epic novel of an all-too-human woman whose strength and passion propelled her into the center of grand events. Meticulously-researched, this engrossing novel offers a fresh portrait of a queen who has too often been portrayed as a villain. Bravo Mr. Gortner!”—Sandra Gulland, author of The Josephine B Trilogy and Mistress of the Sun 

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    BONUS: This edition contains a The Confessions of Catherine de Medici discussion guide and an excerpt from C.W. Gortner's The Queen's Vow.

    Praise for The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

    “Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory fans will devour this.”—Booklist

    “Highly recommended . . . a compelling and fascinating view of Catherine’s life and world.”—Historical Novels Review

    “Remarkably thoughtful in its insight into an unapologetically ruthless queen.”—Publishers Weekly
     
    “A fresh, well-researched and powerful portrait.”—RT Book Reviews
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    Publisher
    Hachette UK
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    Published on
    Jan 6, 2011
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    Pages
    432
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    ISBN
    9781848947177
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    Language
    English
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    Genres
    Fiction / Historical / General
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    This content is DRM protected.
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