The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici The truth is none of us are innocent We all have sins to confess So reveals Catherine de Medici in this brilliantly imagined novel about one of history s most powerful and controversial women To some

  • Title: The Confessions of Catherine de Medici
  • Author: C.W. Gortner
  • ISBN: 9780345501868
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The truth is, none of us are innocent We all have sins to confess So reveals Catherine de Medici in this brilliantly imagined novel about one of history s most powerful and controversial women To some she was the ruthless queen who led France into an era of savage violence To others she was the passionate savior of the French monarchy Acclaimed author C W Gortner brThe truth is, none of us are innocent We all have sins to confess So reveals Catherine de Medici in this brilliantly imagined novel about one of history s most powerful and controversial women To some she was the ruthless queen who led France into an era of savage violence To others she was the passionate savior of the French monarchy Acclaimed author C W Gortner brings Catherine to life in her own voice, allowing us to enter into the intimate world of a woman whose determination to protect her family s throne and realm plunged her into a lethal struggle for power The last legitimate descendant of the illustrious Medici line, Catherine suffers the expulsion of her family from her native Florence and narrowly escapes death at the hands of an enraged mob While still a teenager, she is betrothed to Henri, son of Fran ois I of France, and sent from Italy to an unfamiliar realm where she is overshadowed and humiliated by her husband s lifelong mistress Ever resilient, Catherine strives to create a role for herself through her patronage of the famous clairvoyant Nostradamus and her own innate gift as a seer But in her fortieth year, Catherine is widowed, left alone with six young children as regent of a kingdom torn apart by religious discord and the ambitions of a treacherous nobility Relying on her tenacity, wit, and uncanny gift for compromise, Catherine seizes power, intent on securing the throne for her sons She allies herself with the enigmatic Protestant leader Coligny, with whom she shares an intimate secret, and implacably carves a path toward peace, unaware that her own dark fate looms before her a fate that, if she is to save France, will demand the sacrifice of her ideals, her reputation, and the passion of her embattled heart From the fairy tale ch teaux of the Loire Valley to the battlefields of the wars of religion to the mob filled streets of Paris, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici is the extraordinary untold journey of one of the most maligned and misunderstood women ever to be queen.

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    1. I would love to teach a course on historical female royal figures. One of my lessons would be comprised of females who have a bad reputation and I would have assignments to compare and contrast these women, their actions, and social perceptions; to that of strong women today. Who would these women in my lesson plan be? Mary Tudor, Mary Stuart (Queen of Scots), Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen Isabella, Juana the Mad, and this woman: Catherine de Medici.Although I view Gortner's work to be occasionall [...]

    2. Da li zbog prevoda ili zato što sam čitala mnogo bolje napisane istorijske romane ova knjiga mi je največim delom bila dosadna i bledunjava Dešava se, kad toliko mnogo čitam i zbog posla, da mi neke knjige budu dosadne ili loše a čitaoci se oduševe :)

    3. After watching in 2014 the first season of the TV historical fantasy romance series “Reign” on CW channel, I was hooked. I didn’t miss the second and third season. It was this TV series that spurred my interest in the historical character Catherine de Medici.This engaging novel is the third one I’ve read so far by the author C. W. Gortner, and he didn’t disappoint. With his mesmerizing prose I was quickly transported to tumultuous 16th century France, rife with bloody religious wars be [...]

    4. 3.5 stars - It was really good.I have been called murderess and opportunist, savior and victim. And along the way, become far more than was ever expected of me, even if loneliness was always present, like a faithful hound at my heels. The truth is, not one of us is innocent. We all have sins to confess."This was an easy to read (and get lost in), informative novel about Catherine de Medici. While I feel like I now know more about her than I did going in, I also want to read more books about her [...]

    5. I had a hard time connecting with Catherine. I couldn't hear her voice in my head. Well what I did hear was rather hollow, had little passion. It was just ho hum. I expected more. So much was happening at this time. Elizabeth Tudor was queen of England, there was huge unrest in France. And she met Nostradamus. I expected a grander story, more intrigue and complication. I found it hard to have real sympathy for Catherine. I was surprised at her open mindedness about religion and that she had a lo [...]

    6. The opening line of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici is simple yet powerful: "The truth is, none of us are innocent. We all have sins to confess."Well, I have to say that I'm glad I had the chance to read this book, because it's amazing. Before reading this novel, I knew nothing of Catherine de Medici. To make sure that I have a vague idea of what I'm reading, I googled about Catherine de Medici. Turns out, she's a prominent historical figure in France. To be precise, she's the mother of t [...]

    7. NO SPOILERS!!I have finished the book and want to say very clearly that this is a wonderful book. For me the the latter half is much better than the first, but you need the first to get acquainted with the characters. I did come to empathize with Catherine. It just took me a while. My sole reservation about this book is that love is poorly portrayed. This is not a romance novel. It is full of action and murder and poisoning and family bruhaha. You think you've got family problems. Forget it. You [...]

    8. The truth is, none of us are innocent. We all have sins to confess.So reveals Catherine de Medici in this brilliantly imagined novel about one of history’s most powerful and controversial women. To some she was the ruthless queen who led France into an era of savage violence. To others she was the passionate savior of the French monarchy. Acclaimed author C. W. Gortner brings Catherine to life in her own voice, allowing us to enter into the intimate world of a woman whose determination to prot [...]

    9. 4.5 starsThis is one of the best HF's I've ever read. I was hooked from the very beginning, couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end. The novel starts out with Catherine as a young girl in Italy, leads to her marriage in France to Henri (the second son of King Francis I), her role as the Dauphine, as the Queen of France and then finally as the Queen Mother. She stops at nothing to keep her family and country safe. I'm so thankful that this was my introduction to Catherine de Medici, her li [...]

    10. THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI, by C.W. Gortner is by far the clearest, out-of the box-take on this usually overly vilified queen of France. This in depth biography-type novel reveals a Catherine that not many people know- and that in itself is incredibly original as well as refreshing. The Catherine in Gortner’s book has been researched to the max- and although the author took the liberty of slightly altering names and events for creativity and flowing purposes (this merely avoided th [...]

    11. Women are weak.Women can't rule.After reading a biography like this, it is impossible to believe these stereotypes again.Catherine de Medici is a very extraordinary historical figure. From an early age, she had to face many challenges and never seemed to have a happy childhood. But she went on, left home and married. Sadly, the marriage brought just pain; Catherine suffered from miscarriages, unloving, disallowance, becoming the Queen - from wars, loved ones' deaths. Over the years she was humil [...]

    12. Catherine de Medici has been called many names throughout history: The Italian Woman, Madame Serpent,Jezebel, the Merchant's Daughter and the Black Queen. Now C.W. Gortner gives us another name to call her - woman. The Catherine portrayed by Gortner is quite different than in previous novels I've read of her by Jean Plaidy (Catherine de Medici trilogy) and Karen Haper (Courtesan). As with Juana la Loca in The Last Queen, Gortner obliterates what we think we know about these amazing, yet controve [...]

    13. This book has got to be one of the best royal fiction books I have read. Though the book covers many years of Catherine de Medici's life, the pacing is good. I had to force myself to put this book down because it held my attention so well. This was also a refreshing read after reading Mary Queen of Scots by Roderick Graham. Mary spent her life whining about how everyone had done her wrong, Catherine de Medici took charge and made what she wanted happen. I plan to read a biography about her to se [...]

    14. A really good read, I enjoyed this one and it made Catherine appear human as opposed to evil personified that she is often portrayed as. Well written and nicely researched, I'm looking forward to more books by this author.

    15. “At the age of fourteen, Catherine de Medici, last legitimate descendant of the Medici blood, finds herself betrothed to the King Francois I’s son, Henri. Sent from her native Florence to France, humiliated and overshadowed by her husband’s life-long devotion to his mistress, when tragedy strikes her family Catherine rises from obscurity to become one of 16th century Europe’s most powerful women.Patroness of Nostradamus and a seer in her own right, accused of witchcraft and murder by her [...]

    16. Confissões de Catarina de Médicis foi uma surpresa deveras agradável, em todos os aspetos. Foi a primeira vez que tive oportunidade de ler algo de Gortner que até então me era totalmente desconhecido. Tenho a dizer que fiquei fã, que Gortner passou a figurar entre os meus escritores de romances históricos favoritos, entre os quais se encontram Philippa Gregory e Isabel Stilwell, por exemplo.Ao longo destas 400 páginas pude conhecer Catarina desde a sua juventude até ao momento da sua mo [...]

    17. Though I will generally read anything about the Tudor dynasty, I generally shy away from the Renaissance in general and France in specific. I'm glad that I expanded my horizons by reading this novel. I learned stuff about one of history's bad girls and it opened the door for me to learn about this time period and this kingdom in a gentle way. Gortner's talent cannot be denied. His prose is powerful and effortless. And though I was slow to accept his narration as authentically female, it eventual [...]

    18. After falling in love with Gortner's "The Last Queen" I had high expectations for "Confessions." I love his writing style, but for me this one had too many parts that just didn't gel for me. ****Spoiler Alert**** Margot killing Charles? Hercule killing Henry's lover? Catherine and Coligny? I know, a lot of history has unanswered questions, but Charles died from tuberculosis not poison and if Hercule was really the way he was portrayed in this book, I doubt Queen Elizabeth could have cared at all [...]

    19. Truth may be stranger than fiction, but truth spiced with fiction in this way is the perfect blend. Fast-paced, full of intrigue, passion and intricacy, this book is most certainly comparable to the best of Alison Weir's and even Philippa Gregory's court dramas. Most highly recommended - 4.5★s.

    20. All I could think of while reading this book was thank goodness for the French Revolution that dismantled these corrupt royal families.

    21. Il libro si legge bene, ma a tratti sembra proprio di leggere Grand Hotel! Manca di spessore, il modo di scrivere mi e' sembrato alquanto banale, mi aspettavo di piu' e sono rimasta alquanto delusa.

    22. Catherine de Medici is one of those historical characters whose reputation is so tarnished that it's hard to imagine any redemption for her. At the same time, what exactly was her role as queen mother? C.W. Gortner chose an interesting title for this book, because we pick it up knowing that she is getting a chance to explain her side of the story. As such, we know it's going to be biased in her favor, and the author's challenge is to make her excuses believable while not going too far in the oth [...]

    23. Catherine de' Medici, wife to Henri II and mother of the last three Valois kings of France, was one of the most powerful French queens and is even today a very debated and controversial figure. To some people, she was a power-hungry, ruthless woman, responsible for many deaths and atrocities (one for all, the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre); but others see her in a more sympathetic way, as a competent woman and a caring mother, who did everything in her power to keep her children and her country [...]

    24. I absolutely loved this book. I can't really fault it - the story was exciting and compelling and so well-written. Catherine de Medici is a woman about whom history is unclear - the general consensus is that she was a grasping, power-hungry, ruthless woman, playing her children and those around her like puppets.But Gortner presents a different view of her: a woman who suffered at the hands of many - her family, the court, her husband - who was deeply mistrusted due to both her nationality and he [...]

    25. Catherine de Medici comes from a well established and notorious family. Raised without her parents, she is sent away from Italy at a young age and witnesses mobs in the streets throwing epithets to her family name as she journeys to France. She’ll live the rest of her life up to certain exacting standards, supported by the ghostly memories of her Pope uncle and aunt Clarice. To make her difficult life even more interesting, Catherine has a rare gift that’s noticed by none other than Nostrada [...]

    26. Catarina de Médicis é uma personalidade histórica que sempre me despertou curiosidade. Primeiro, pelo nome e impacto tão conhecido que a sua herança familiar causou um pouco por toda a Europa. Depois, pela diversas personificações em séries e filmes, que certamente lhe atribuiram uma humanização negada nos preâmbulos da História, mas ainda assim nem sempre muito verídica ou com verosimilhança suficiente para ser encarado como um quadro real e um desfecho digno para esta rainha fran [...]

    27. The challenges for an author tackling the life of Catherine de Medici are many: not only was her life longer than most, it was chock full of drama and tragedy, and marred by incidents and opinions that continue to taint her reputation to this day. I'm happy to say that Gortner does a fabulous job of interweaving the many pivotal, historical moments in Catherine's life with intimate moments and personal revelations, while addressing the rumors and ugly truths of one of history's most powerful wom [...]

    28. I enjoyed this novel from the viewpoint of Catherine de Medici. It wasn't the most gripping or fast-paced novel that I've read, nor did I have too much of an emotional attachment to the characters, but I did enjoy reading from Catherine's perspective. Previously every novel that I have read about this period has cast Catherine in a very negative light. For example, the historical fantasy series by Susan Carroll and also a particular favourite of mine by Diane Haegar, "Courtesan", about Diane de [...]

    29. This was interesting, but not as good as I expected. It's possible my expectations were too high, but I really wanted a lot more from this book.There were plenty of very powerful people in the 16th century who were afraid of Catherine de Medici and it's probably safe to say that there's a reason for that. As a widow with young children she preserved the throne for her sons, shepherded her daughters into advantageous marriages, and did the best she could to navigate the very dangerous waters of C [...]

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