A biography profiling the life of Catherine de Medici Includes source notes and timeline....
|Title||:||Catherine de Medici: The Power Behind the French Throne (Signature Lives: Reformation Era)|
|Publisher||:||Compass Point Books January 1, 2006|
|Number of Pages||:||112 pages|
|File Size||:||585 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Catherine de Medici: The Power Behind the French Throne (Signature Lives: Reformation Era) Reviews
I would recommend this book for teenagers. it's a very superficial glimpse of the French royal family and the other 'shakers and movers' within the court. Catherine seems to flutter through the book, alighting for a moment here and there, but never remaining in the picture long enough to make any impression on the reader. A very superficial view of Catherine De Medici. I would not recommend this book for adult readers
I ordered this from the library not realizing that it was geared towards younger readers as a primer on the life of Catherine de Medici. Even so, I thought it might make a good, short refresher so I went ahead and read it. Really, it's almost cringe inducing. Even were I a youngster reading this, I would probably be offended by the over-simplification. Its only redeeming factor is that the author goes to great lengths not to vilify Catherine de Medici. Beyond that, the Wars of Religion are covered at length - which is good - but never does the author offer an adequate explanation as to why Catherine took so much of the blame for these wars. The way the book is written, it seems inconceivable that the Huguenots didn't worship her. Much, as you can probably tell, is left out in the interest of brevity. But brevity, in the case of a complicated ruler like Catherine, can do a grave injustice.