Catherine de Medici

The Power Behind the French Throne

Author: N.A

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9780756515812

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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Describes the life and accomplishments of the queen who worked to achieve peace between French Protestants and Catholics during the reigns of her husband, King Henry II of France, and her sons.
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Women of power

the life and times of Catherine dé Medici

Author: Mark Strage

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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The Biography Book

A Reader's Guide to Nonfiction, Fictional, and Film Biographies of More Than 500 of the Most Fascinating Individuals of All Time

Author: Daniel S. Burt

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781573562560

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 629

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From Marilyn to Mussolini, people captivate people. A&E's "Biography, " best-selling autobiographies, and biographical novels testify to the popularity of the genre. But where does one begin? Collected here are descriptions and evaluations of over 10,000 biographical works, including books of fact and fiction, biographies for young readers, and documentaries and movies, all based on the lives of over 500 historical figures from scientists and writers, to political and military leaders, to artists and musicians. Each entry includes a brief profile, autobiographical and primary sources, and recommended works. Short reviews describe the pertinent biographical works and offer insight into the qualities and special features of each title, helping readers to find the best biographical material available on hundreds of fascinating individuals.
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Catherine de'Medici

Author: R J Knecht

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317896874

Category: History

Page: 352

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Catherine de' Medici (1519-89) was the wife of one king of France and the mother of three more - the last, sorry representatives of the Valois, who had ruled France since 1328. She herself is of preeminent importance to French history, and one of the most controversial of all historical figures. Despised until she was powerful enough to be hated, she was, in her own lifetime and since, the subject of a "Black Legend" that has made her a favourite subject of historical novelists (most notably Alexandre Dumas, whose Reine Margot has recently had new currency on film). Yet there is no recent biography of her in English. This new study, by a leading scholar of Renaissance France, is a major event. Catherine, a neglected and insignificant member of the Florentine Medici, entered French history in 1533 when she married the son of Francis I for short-lived political reasons: her uncle was pope Clement VII, who died the following year. Now of no diplomatic value, Catherine was treated with contempt at the French court even after her husband's accession as Henry II in 1547. Even so, she gave him ten children before he was killed in a tournament in 1559. She was left with three young boys, who succeeded to the throne as Francis II (1559-60), Charles IX (1560-74) and Henry III (1574-89). As regent and queen-mother, a woman and with no natural power-base of her own, she faced impossible odds. France was accelerating into chaos, with political faction at court and religious conflict throughout the land. As the country disintegrated, Catherine's overriding concern was for the interests of her children. She was tireless in her efforts to protect her sons' inheritance, and to settle her daughters in advantageous marriages. But France needed more. Catherine herself was both peace-loving and, in an age of frenzied religious hatred, unbigoted. She tried to use the Huguenots to counterbalance the growing power of the ultra-Catholic Guises but extremism on all sides frustrated her. She was drawn into the violence. Her name is ineradicably associated with its culmination, the Massacre of St Bartholomew (24 August 1572), when thousands of Huguenots were slaughtered in Paris and elsewhere. To this day no-one knows for certain whether Catherine instigated the massacre or not, but here Robert Knecht explores the probabilities in a notably level-headed fashion. His book is a gripping narrative in its own right. It offers both a lucid exposition of immensely complex events (with their profound imact on the future of France), and also a convincing portrait of its enigmatic central character. In going behind the familiar Black Legend, Professor Knecht does not make the mistake of whitewashing Catherine; but he shows how intractable was her world, and how shifty or intransigent the people with whom she had to deal. For all her flaws, she emerges as a more sympathetic - and, in her pragmatism, more modern - figure than most of her leading contemporaries.
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Catherine de Medici

A Biography

Author: Leonie Frieda

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780222602

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 544

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The bestselling revisionist biography of one of the great women of the 16th century Orphaned in infancy, Catherine de Medici was the sole legitimate heiress to the Medici family fortune. Married at fourteen to the future Henri II of France, she was constantly humiliated by his influential mistress Diane de Poitiers. When her husband died as a result of a duelling accident in Paris, Catherine was made queen regent during the short reign of her eldest son (married to Mary Queen of Scots and like many of her children he died young). When her second son became king she was the power behind the throne. She nursed dynastic ambitions, but was continually drawn into political and religious intrigues between Catholics and Protestants that plagued France for much of the later part of her life. It had always been said that she was implicated in the notorious Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre, together with the king and her third son who succeeded to the throne in 1574, but was murdered. Her political influence waned, but she survived long enough to ensure the succession of her son-in-law who had married her daughter Margaret.
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The Life and Times of Thomas Stukeley (c.1525-78)

Author: Juan E. Tazón

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754632856

Category: History

Page: 282

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Thomas Stukeley was one of the most colourful characters of the Elizabethan age, whose exploits as mercenary, pirate, forger, colonial adventurer, political advisor, diplomat and traitor brought him fame and notoriety throughout Europe. In this new biography, Professor Tazon makes extensive use of previously neglected documents from British, Spanish and Italian archives to produce a much more rounded and complete portrait of Stukeley and the events in which he participated. He portrays Stukeley as a real figure, urging the reader to view in parallel English, Spanish, Irish and wider European history.
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The Life and Times of Nostradamus

Author: Russell Roberts

Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1612288847

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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Few people in history have incited such debate and further examination as the French prophet known as Nostradamus. What manner of man was he? Was he really able to part the mists of time and see into the future? Was it possible that he could predict events and identify people separated hundreds of years from his own time? Or are his predictions just vague and ambiguous enough that they can be made to fit almost any occasion? Perhaps one way to find answers to these questions is to examine the entire life of this remarkable man—not just the small portion that his predictions constitute. Read about the influences of his youth, his training as a physician, and the reasons he began making his predictions. You may then have the power to better understand who and what he actually was and the times in which he lived.
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The life and times of Elizabeth I.

Author: Neville Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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From front flap of dust jacket: In 1558, a twenty-five-year-old girl succeeded to the throne of England. Despite general rejoicing no one could disguise the magnitude of the problems which Elizabeth faced, for not only was she 'but a woman' in a hard and uncompromising age, but her kingdom had been torn by religious strife for more than ten years. Yet Elizabeth was to rise triumphant over all her difficulties, and become the first England monarch to give her name to an era. Her reign was to be one of the most glorious in English history, when the country successfully defied the mightiest powers of Europe. The Queen gathered about her at Court all the most powerful, ambitious and flamboyant characters of the age, and there was a flowering of literature and the arts which has never been surpassed. Above all, Elizabeth's contemporaries could never forget that she was a woman. She played on all their chivalrous instincts to ensure their loyalty and devotion. The greatest men in the kingdom competed for her favour, and the greatest princes in Europe vied for her hand. Throughout her reign she used her sex as a source of strength not weakness, and she was to leave behind her a truly united nation, and the legend of a truly golden age.
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Die florentinische Prinzessin

Roman

Author: Christopher W. Gortner

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641071410

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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Opulent, packend, unvergesslich: das faszinierende Porträt der Caterina de Medici Mit gerade mal acht Jahren wird Caterina de Medici im Zuge der republikanischen Unruhen zur Geisel genommen und gefangen gehalten, als junges Mädchen wird sie Heinrich dem II. versprochen und nach Frankreich, in eine ihr feindlich gesinnte, fremde Umgebung, geschickt. Am französischen Hof ist sie dann jahrelang den Demütigungen der Liebhaberin ihres Mannes ausgesetzt. Doch Caterina lässt sich nicht einschüchtern, und sie konzentriert all ihre Energien auf ein Ziel: den Thron für ihre Söhne zu sichern. Auch wenn dies bedeutet, ihre eigenen Ideale und die Leidenschaft ihres Herzens zu opfern ...
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St. James Guide to Biography

Author: Paul E. Schellinger

Publisher: St James Press

ISBN: 9781558621466

Category: Reference

Page: 870

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Each entry contains a bibliographical listing of biographies written on the subject with a critical essay reviewing the biographies listed.
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The Valois

Kings of France 1328-1589

Author: Robert Knecht

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781852855222

Category: History

Page: 276

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The house of Valois ruled France for 250 years, playing a crucial role in its establishment as a major European power. This extremely well-written and structured book will appeal to the general reader.
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Balzac: a Nineteenth-Century Novelist with Lessons for America

A Nineteenth-Century Novelist with Lessons for America

Author: Arthur Kahn

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1453537481

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 241

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Called the founder of the modern novel, Balzac received encomiums from numerous critics and writers. Henry James called him the greatest of all novelists. Ideologically, Balzac championed the return in France of the pre-revolutionary rule of Church and Monarch, and in his novels, he assailed ever more aggressively the bankers who were seizing control of the government, the judiciary and the economy. This aspect of Balzacs investigations in his Human Comedy of the trends in French customs and manners during the half-century following the 1789 Revolution is illuminating for Americans struggling to survive in the profound depression prrecipitated by the maneuverings and manipulations of multinational banks and investment firms. Providing a clear and monitory lesson to Americans desperately seeking relief in a Depression Balzac demonstrates that profiteering, legal and illegal; and a general atmosphere of greed and materialism are inherent in the free enterprise system and unsusceptible to superficial reforms.
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Lucrezia Tornabuoni De' Medici and the Medici Family in the Fifteenth Century

Author: Maria Grazia Pernis,Laurie Adams

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820476452

Category: Art

Page: 181

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"Lucrezia Tornabuoni de' Medici and the Medici Family in the Fifteenth Century" is a fresh, new biography of a Renaissance woman who lived during the heyday of Medici power. A remarkable person in her own right, the author of religious poems and sacred narratives, as well as an accomplished businesswoman, Lucrezia was the mother of Lorenzo the Magnificent, the grandmother of two popes, and the great-great grandmother of Catherine de' Medici, Queen of France. This glimpse of her life and times is a window onto the political intrigues and intellectual achievements of Medici Florence.
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Encounters

A Book of Memories

Author: Irene Mahoney

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1449076874

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 188

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Universal Biography

Containing a Copious Account, Critical and Historical, of the Life and Character, Labors and Actions of Eminent Persons, in All Ages and Countries, Conditions and Professions ...

Author: John Lemprière

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography

Page: N.A

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Nostradamus For Dummies

Author: Scarlett Ross

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118070054

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 2249

Nostradamus made simple-a surefire prophecy of success! Michel Notredame, or Nostradamus (1503-1566), was a French physician, astrologer, and prophet whose books of visionary four-line verses have intrigued and beguiled readers for hundreds of years. Now, with this fun and easy guide, everyone can finally get a handle on Nostradamus and his "Centuries" of prophecies, which many people believe to have predicted the French Revolution, the rise of Hitler, the Kennedy assassination, and 9/11, among other events. The book covers Nostradamus's life and beliefs, his use of cryptic language and anagrams, interpretations of his work that link it to specific historical incidents, and critics who are skeptical of his prophecies. It also explores the implications of his work on the past, present, and future, and much more!
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