Madame Serpent: (Medici Trilogy)

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Random House, Dec 7, 2010 - Fiction - 416 pages
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The story of the homesick Italian girl who became the most feared woman in sixteenth-century France..

Sullen-eyed and broken-hearted, fourteen-year-old Catherine de' Medici arrives in Marseilles to marry Henry of Orleans, second son of the King of France. On the promise of a dowry fit for a king, Catherine has left her true love in Italy, forced into trading her future for a stake in the French crown.

Amid the glittering fêtes and banquets of the most immoral court in sixteenth-century Europe, the reluctant bride becomes a passionate but unwanted wife. Humiliated and unloved, Catherine spies on Henry and his lover, the infamous Diane de Poitiers. And, tortured by what she sees, Catherine becomes dangerously occupied by a ruthless ambition destined to make her the most despised woman in France: the dream that one day the French crown will be worn be a Medici heir...

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User Review  - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing

All I knew of Catherine de Medici before reading this fictionalised account of her life was that she was a “bad” woman. I expected to dislike her character throughout this book, but despite a few ... Read full review

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User Review  - cathymoore - LibraryThing

This is the first of three novels about Catherine de'Medici and her family. This one covers her childhood in Italy and her marriage to Henry II of France. The majority of the story covers life, love ... Read full review

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Jean Plaidy, one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also know as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy's novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her deah in 1993.

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