The Devil’s Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici by Jeanne Kalogridis (Review by Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp)


Title: The Devil’s Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici 

Author: Jeanne Kalogridis

Published Date: July 21st 2009

Genre: Historical


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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.


***Adult Warning – Contains Adult Situations. and Some Extreme Violence –  Caution Advised***
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***Melanie – #NerdGirlVamp’s  Review***
I am absolutely fascinated with this period in history and love these semi-fictional re-tellings, Taking things are absolute fact and mixing in a compelling story is not easy, especially with a character that is generally viewed as one of the more unpopular historical features, but this author does an amazing job.

Fans of the TV show Reign would devour this other side of the story, as would anyone who enjoys historical novels.

This is one of my favorite recent reads and I will definitely be looking for more!

An easy 5 stars from me!



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  • Yvonne Evans

    I am not sure sbout this one. Will check it out.

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