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Catherine de Medici

Catherine de Medici

The Power Behind the French Throne

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Capstone
  • ISBN: 9780756515812
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 112
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Describes the life and accomplishments of the queen who worked to achieve peace between French Protestants and Catholics during the reigns of her husband, King Henry II of France, and her sons.

Women of power

Women of power

the life and times of Catherine dé Medici

  • Author: Mark Strage
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 368
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The Biography Book

The Biography Book

A Reader's Guide to Nonfiction, Fictional, and Film Biographies of More Than 500 of the Most Fascinating Individuals of All Time

  • Author: Daniel S. Burt
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781573562560
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 629
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From Marilyn to Mussolini, people captivate people. A&E's "Biography, " best-selling autobiographies, and biographical novels testify to the popularity of the genre. But where does one begin? Collected here are descriptions and evaluations of over 10,000 biographical works, including books of fact and fiction, biographies for young readers, and documentaries and movies, all based on the lives of over 500 historical figures from scientists and writers, to political and military leaders, to artists and musicians. Each entry includes a brief profile, autobiographical and primary sources, and recommended works. Short reviews describe the pertinent biographical works and offer insight into the qualities and special features of each title, helping readers to find the best biographical material available on hundreds of fascinating individuals.

Catherine de Medici

Catherine de Medici

A Biography

  • Author: Leonie Frieda
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1780222602
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 544
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The bestselling revisionist biography of one of the great women of the 16th century Orphaned in infancy, Catherine de Medici was the sole legitimate heiress to the Medici family fortune. Married at fourteen to the future Henri II of France, she was constantly humiliated by his influential mistress Diane de Poitiers. When her husband died as a result of a duelling accident in Paris, Catherine was made queen regent during the short reign of her eldest son (married to Mary Queen of Scots and like many of her children he died young). When her second son became king she was the power behind the throne. She nursed dynastic ambitions, but was continually drawn into political and religious intrigues between Catholics and Protestants that plagued France for much of the later part of her life. It had always been said that she was implicated in the notorious Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre, together with the king and her third son who succeeded to the throne in 1574, but was murdered. Her political influence waned, but she survived long enough to ensure the succession of her son-in-law who had married her daughter Margaret.

Catherine de'Medici

Catherine de'Medici

  • Author: R J Knecht
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317896874
  • Category: History
  • Page: 352
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Catherine de' Medici (1519-89) was the wife of one king of France and the mother of three more - the last, sorry representatives of the Valois, who had ruled France since 1328. She herself is of preeminent importance to French history, and one of the most controversial of all historical figures. Despised until she was powerful enough to be hated, she was, in her own lifetime and since, the subject of a "Black Legend" that has made her a favourite subject of historical novelists (most notably Alexandre Dumas, whose Reine Margot has recently had new currency on film). Yet there is no recent biography of her in English. This new study, by a leading scholar of Renaissance France, is a major event. Catherine, a neglected and insignificant member of the Florentine Medici, entered French history in 1533 when she married the son of Francis I for short-lived political reasons: her uncle was pope Clement VII, who died the following year. Now of no diplomatic value, Catherine was treated with contempt at the French court even after her husband's accession as Henry II in 1547. Even so, she gave him ten children before he was killed in a tournament in 1559. She was left with three young boys, who succeeded to the throne as Francis II (1559-60), Charles IX (1560-74) and Henry III (1574-89). As regent and queen-mother, a woman and with no natural power-base of her own, she faced impossible odds. France was accelerating into chaos, with political faction at court and religious conflict throughout the land. As the country disintegrated, Catherine's overriding concern was for the interests of her children. She was tireless in her efforts to protect her sons' inheritance, and to settle her daughters in advantageous marriages. But France needed more. Catherine herself was both peace-loving and, in an age of frenzied religious hatred, unbigoted. She tried to use the Huguenots to counterbalance the growing power of the ultra-Catholic Guises but extremism on all sides frustrated her. She was drawn into the violence. Her name is ineradicably associated with its culmination, the Massacre of St Bartholomew (24 August 1572), when thousands of Huguenots were slaughtered in Paris and elsewhere. To this day no-one knows for certain whether Catherine instigated the massacre or not, but here Robert Knecht explores the probabilities in a notably level-headed fashion. His book is a gripping narrative in its own right. It offers both a lucid exposition of immensely complex events (with their profound imact on the future of France), and also a convincing portrait of its enigmatic central character. In going behind the familiar Black Legend, Professor Knecht does not make the mistake of whitewashing Catherine; but he shows how intractable was her world, and how shifty or intransigent the people with whom she had to deal. For all her flaws, she emerges as a more sympathetic - and, in her pragmatism, more modern - figure than most of her leading contemporaries.

St. James Guide to Biography

St. James Guide to Biography

  • Author: Paul E. Schellinger
  • Publisher: St James Press
  • ISBN: 9781558621466
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 870
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Each entry contains a bibliographical listing of biographies written on the subject with a critical essay reviewing the biographies listed.

The Life and Times of Thomas Stukeley (c.1525-78)

The Life and Times of Thomas Stukeley (c.1525-78)

  • Author: Juan E. Tazón
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 9780754632856
  • Category: History
  • Page: 282
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Thomas Stukeley was one of the most colourful characters of the Elizabethan age, whose exploits as mercenary, pirate, forger, colonial adventurer, political advisor, diplomat and traitor brought him fame and notoriety throughout Europe. In this new biography, Professor Tazon makes extensive use of previously neglected documents from British, Spanish and Italian archives to produce a much more rounded and complete portrait of Stukeley and the events in which he participated. He portrays Stukeley as a real figure, urging the reader to view in parallel English, Spanish, Irish and wider European history.

The Life and Times of Nostradamus

The Life and Times of Nostradamus

  • Author: Russell Roberts
  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.
  • ISBN: 1612288847
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 48
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Few people in history have incited such debate and further examination as the French prophet known as Nostradamus. What manner of man was he? Was he really able to part the mists of time and see into the future? Was it possible that he could predict events and identify people separated hundreds of years from his own time? Or are his predictions just vague and ambiguous enough that they can be made to fit almost any occasion? Perhaps one way to find answers to these questions is to examine the entire life of this remarkable man—not just the small portion that his predictions constitute. Read about the influences of his youth, his training as a physician, and the reasons he began making his predictions. You may then have the power to better understand who and what he actually was and the times in which he lived.

The Life, Times, and Correspondence of the Right Rev. Dr. Doyle, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin

The Life, Times, and Correspondence of the Right Rev. Dr. Doyle, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin

  • Author: William John Fitzpatrick
  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: Catholics
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The life, times and correspondence of ... dr. Doyle

The life, times and correspondence of ... dr. Doyle

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