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The Italian Woman: A Catherine de' Medici Novel
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The Italian Woman: A Catherine de' Medici Novel

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by Jean Plaidy
 

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From the grande dame of historical fiction, the second novel in the classic trilogy—back in print after more than twenty years—brilliantly depicts the life of the powerful Queen who was loved by few and feared by many.

The second book in the classic Catherine de’ Medici trilogy from Jean Plaidy, the grande dame of historical fiction

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From the grande dame of historical fiction, the second novel in the classic trilogy—back in print after more than twenty years—brilliantly depicts the life of the powerful Queen who was loved by few and feared by many.

The second book in the classic Catherine de’ Medici trilogy from Jean Plaidy, the grande dame of historical fiction

When Catherine de’ Medici was forced to marry Henry, Duke of Orleans, her heart was not the only one that was broken. Jeanne of Navarre once dreamed of marrying this same prince, but, like Catherine, she must comply with France’s political needs. And so both Catherine’s and Jeanne’s lives are set on unwanted paths, destined to cross in affairs of state, love, and faith, driving them to become deadly political rivals.

Years later Jeanne is happily married to the dashing but politically inept Antoine de Bourbon. But the widowed Catherine is now the ambitious mother of princes, and she will do anything to see her beloved second son, Henry, rule France. As civil war ravages the country and Jeanne fights for the Huguenot cause, Catherine advances along her unholy road, making enemies at every turn.

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"Plaidy has brought the past to life."
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"Plaidy has brought the past to life."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451686531
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
185,258
File size:
4 MB

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Jean Plaidy, the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, was one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. She died in 1993.

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The Italian Woman: A Catherine de' Medici Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
Author Jean Plaidy has been a long time favourite author of mine. The Italian Woman is the second novel in a trilogy about Catherine de’Medici and her nemesis, Queen Jeanne of Navarre. The first book in the series is titled Madame Serpent. I recommend reading that book first to get a good feel for the stories and characters in the second novel. Both Catherine and Jeane are strong-willed, outspoken, intelligent, and dynamic. Since childhood, the paths of these stalwart women continually cross, forcing them to encounter each other in political and social occasions. While Catherine was unpopular, Jeanne was well liked despite her tendency to be unyielding and stubborn. This brings plenty of conflict into the story – Catholic vs Protestant, marital successes vs marital failures, deviousness vs straightforwardness, and much more. Despite their differences, they were similar in their love for their children, their ambitions, and their passion for France. Their rivalry intensifies with each page until their enmity becomes unmanageable. Now a widow, Catherine begins to take vengeance on her husband’s mistress, Diane de Poitiers, after years of humiliation. Although her eldest son is now king, she desires to see Henry, her favourite child and will do all that she can to put him there. As dowager queen and regent for her son, she can wield power over Jeanne. Jeanne, princess of France, is Catherine’s late husband’s cousin. Jeanne is a staunch Huguenot Protestant while Catherine is devoutly Catholic. In the political arena, this places them at odds with Protestant England and Catholic Spain, bringing great tension and historical detail into the story. Jean Plaidy is one of the great historical fiction authors of our time. Her books have been favourites and bestsellers for decades. She has a knack for taking complex stories and tell them in an easy, exciting way. Catherine de Medici is depicted as a no-nonsense, hard-headed, conniving woman who must survive in a court fraught with intrigue, danger, and deadly political ambitions. Sometimes, the author fell into the trap of “telling” too much instead of bringing the story to life through action, but wonderful descriptions, historical details that enrich, and compelling characters bring to life this fascinating time in history and the two women who struggled to survive within its confines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to the next one in this series. As a fictional/historical book, it rates right up there at the top.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago