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Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I was very disappointed by this book. Leonie Frieda's main shortcoming is that she isn't really telling te story of Catherine de Medici, she is writing a chronicle of her time. We see Catherine almost as a bystander here: most of th eprimary sources quoted are not by or about her but rather by or about her male relatives (husband, sons), so that it is difficult to build up a picture of the woman herself.Comapred to the works of great biographers such as Alison Weir and Antonia Fraser this book pales. I do hope that someone will one day write a better biography of Catherine de Medici - I'd certainly love to read it.