The Devil's Queen

  • by Jeanne Kalogridis
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history: blamed for the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in which hundreds of innocents died. What motivated this Renaissance woman who was born of Florence's most powerful family, and one day came to rule France? In her latest historical fiction bestseller, Jeanne Kalogridis tells the story of Caterina, a tender young girl, destined to be a pawn in Machiavellian games. Left a fabulously rich heiress, imprisoned and threatened by her family's enemies, she was finally married off to a handsome prince of France. Overshadowed by her husband's mistress, the conniving Diane de Poitiers, and now consort to a King, Catherine resorted to sorcery to win his love, enhance her fertility and foil her enemies. Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the French court, and Catherine's visions induced by the black arts, Kalogoris reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband Henry, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne.


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Customer Reviews

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Very interesting twist on this infamous queen

I enjoyed this take on Catherine M. History tends to make her out to be an evil, calculating, cold woman. This book gave a refreshing point of view on the struggles of women in the political scene of Renaissance Europe. Her involvement with astrology/occult and her keen intelligence of people, politics and herself, even at times very lurid and gritty, was very provocative.
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- Allison B


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I did not sleep for days. could not stop listening.

What did you like best about this story?

A better understanding of Catherines place in history

Which scene was your favorite?

When she was being lifted up on the wall.

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- Darlene M. Formanek "I am really not in to romance.. I like historic writing the are fiction but follow closely to historic time lines."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-21-2009
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio