The Devil’s Queen
A Novel of Catherine de Medici
St. Martin’s Press
July 21, 2009
From Jeanne Kalogridis, the bestselling author ofI, Mona Lisa and The Borgia Bride, comes a new novel that tells the passionate story of a queen who loved not wisely . . . but all too well.
Confidante of Nostradamus, scheming mother-in-law to Mary, Queen of Scots, and architect of the bloody St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history. In her latest historical fiction, Jeanne Kalogridis tells Catherine’s story—that of a tender young girl, destined to be a pawn in Machiavellian games.
Born into one of Florence’s most powerful families, Catherine was soon left a fabulously rich heiress by the early deaths of her parents. Violent conflict rent the city state and she found herself imprisoned and threatened by her family’s enemies before finally being released and married off to the handsome Prince Henry of France.
Overshadowed by her husband’s mistress, the gorgeous, conniving Diane de Poitiers, and unable to bear children, Catherine resorted to the dark arts of sorcery to win Henry’s love and enhance her fertility—for which she would pay a price. Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the French court, and Catherine’s blood-soaked visions of the future, Kalogridis reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband, Henry, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne.
About the Author:
Jeanne Kalogridis lives with her partner in North Carolina, where they share a house with two dogs. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novelsThe Borgia Bride and I, Mona Lisa and other numerous dark fantasy and historical novels. (photo © Ruth Miller)
Don’t miss some of Catherine’s favorite black magic spells and dark charms in the free mini-ebook, Book of Black Magic: The Devil’s Queen Grimoire. You can find it: HERE
You can learn more about Ms. Kalogridis and her writing by visiting her website: HERE or by visiting the St. Martin’s Press website: HERE
Kimberly Swan, DarqueReviews.com