Catherine de' Medici

Catherine de' Medici "The Black Queen"

by Janie Havemeyer, Peter Malone
     
 

Queen of France, Catherine de' Medici would do anything to keep her family in power, including using poison and black magic. A nation-wide killing spree during her rule earned her the name, The Black Queen. But was she really that bad?

Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame who fought to keep her children

Overview


Queen of France, Catherine de' Medici would do anything to keep her family in power, including using poison and black magic. A nation-wide killing spree during her rule earned her the name, The Black Queen. But was she really that bad?

Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame who fought to keep her children in power, but ended up blackening their names instead.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
This informational text is a visual feast for young female readers interested in history, especially interested in the "dastardly dames" of the series title. The book relates the details of Catherine's life on pages that include photographs of Italy and items related to the queen's story, along with maps, timelines, and paintings from the masters. Catherine was born into the powerful Medici family but was married off to Prince Henry of Orleans, the second son of France's King Francis. Unfortunately Henry is already in love with Diane de Poitiers. Nonetheless, Catherine bears ten children before Henry dies as a result of a jousting accident. Catherine always had an affinity for magic, astrology and even poison. She believes that her children will rule Europe and so does all that she can to see to it they do. She may even have used those poisons to make it happen. Catherine's part in the violence between the Huguenots and the Catholics is well documented making this information inappropriate for sensitive readers. This presentation of history is both colorful and detailed. Middle school readers will be fascinated by the life and ambitions of this complex woman. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983425632
Publisher:
Goosebottom Books
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Thinking Girl's Treasury of Dastardly Dames Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
950L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author


Janie Havemeyer has worked as a museum educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, an elementary school teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a social studies curriculum designer. For the past six years, she has been working as a literacy tutor. She writes narrative, nonfiction picture books for children, and is busy thinking about the next eccentric character whose story she wants to tell.
Janie is the author of Catherine de’ Medici “The Black Queen,” and Njinga "The Warrior Queen," both in The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames.

Peter Malone has illustrated over twenty children’s books for such publishers as Chronicle, Knopf, Putnam, Running Press, and Scholastic. In addition to creating gorgeous illustrations, he wrote the book, Close to the Wind, about the use of the Beaufort scale for measuring wind force at sea. School Library Journal called it “informative and utterly charming.” He lives in Bath, England, with his wife, a restorer of paintings, and their two grown daughters.

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