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release date: Mar 14, 2006
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Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France

Poisoner, despot, necromancer -- the dark legend of Catherine de Medici is centuries old. In this critically hailed biography, Leonie Frieda reclaims the story of this unjustly maligned queen to reveal a skilled ruler battling extraordinary political and personal odds -- from a troubled childhood in Florence to her marriage to Henry, son of King Francis I of France; from her transformation of French culture to her fight to protect her throne and her sons' birthright. Based on thousands of private letters, it is a remarkable account of one of the most influential women ever to wear a crown.

release date: Apr 10, 2018
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Francis I: The Maker of Modern France

The bestselling author of Catherine de Medici returns to sixteenth-century Europe in this evocative and entertaining biography that recreates a remarkable era of French history and brings to life a great monarch—Francis I—who turned France into a great nation.

Catherine de Medici’s father-in-law, King Francis of France, was the perfect Renaissance knight, the movement’s exemplar and its Gallic interpreter. An aesthete, diplomat par excellence, and contemporary of Machiavelli, Francis was the founder of modern France, whose sheer force of will and personality molded his kingdom into the first European superpower. Arguably the man who introduced the Renaissance to France, Francis was also the prototype Frenchman—a national identity was modeled on his character. So great was his stamp, that few countries even now are quite so robustly patriotic as is France. Yet as Leonie Frieda reveals, Francis did not always live up to his ideal; a man of grand passions and vision, he was also a flawed husband, father, lover, and king.

With access to private archives that have never been used in a study of Francis I, Frieda explores the life of a man who was the most human of the monarchs of the period—and yet, remains the most elusive.

release date: Apr 08, 2014
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The Deadly Sisterhood: A Story of Women, Power, and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance, 1427-1527

From Leonie Frieda, critically acclaimed biographer of Catherine de Medici, comes The Deadly Sisterhood: an epic tale of eight women whose lives—marked by fortune and poverty, power and powerlessness—encompass the spectacle, opportunity, and depravity of Italy’s Renaissance.

Lucrezia Turnabuoni, Clarice Orsini, Beatrice d’Este, Isabella d’Este, Caterina Sforza, Giulia Farnese, Isabella d’Aragona, and Lucrezia Borgia shared the riches of their birthright: wealth, political influence, and friendship, but none were not exempt from personal tragedies, exile, and poverty.   

With riveting narrative, Leonie Frieda’s The Deadly Sisterhood: A Story of Women, Power, and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance, 1427–1527 brings to life a long-gone era filled with intrigue, corruption, and passion.

release date: Jul 11, 2013
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The Deadly Sisterhood
Here are the stories of the most remarkable women of Christendom, who are all joined by birth, marriage and friendship and who ruled for a time in place of their men-folk: Lucrezia Turnabuoni, Clarice Orsini, Beatrice d'Este, Caterina Sforza, Isabella d'Este, Giulia Farnese, Isabella d'Aragona and Lucrezia Borgia.
release date: Jun 17, 2021
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Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda (2005-01-18)
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release date: Jun 17, 2021
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The Deadly Sisterhood: A Story of Women, Power, and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance, 1427-1527 by Leonie Frieda (2014-05-03)
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release date: Jun 17, 2021
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Catherine de Medici Publisher: Harper Perennial
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release date: Jun 17, 2021
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Catarina de Médicis (Portuguese Edition)
Catarina de Médicis foi descrita como a "Rainha Negra" e como o "verme do túmulo italiano", mas a biógrafa Leonie Frieda vem mostrar que a realidade é bem diferente. Órfã na infância, aprisionada na adolescência, herdeira de um apelido poderoso e de uma vasta fortuna, Catarina de Médicis foi criada na corte de Florença e casou com Henrique, duque de Órleães, filho do rei da França. Com 14 anos, sofreu cruelmente pois Henrique amava apenas Diane de Poitiers. Em 1559, quando Henrique, na altura rei da França, morreu num torneio de justas, Catarina foi empurrada para o turbilhão do poder político francês. Com o país devastado por conflitos, a viúva e rainha-mãe tornou-se na personalidade mais importante da França dos 30 anos seguintes. Depois de tentar adoptar a tolerância religiosa, foi forçada a tomar medidas extremas enquanto lutava por manter o legado do seu marido e os direitos reais dos seus filhos. Isto levou ao massacre de São Bartolomeu onde centenas de protestantes franceses foram chacinados. Aliada de Isabel I da Inglaterra, Catarina mostrou ser uma fantástica estratega política e uma conspiradora impiedosa. Apesar de ter sido vista por muitos como uma intrusa sem poder, Catarina governou o país para os seus filhos corruptos, 3 dos quais que se tornaram reis da França. O seu amor obsessivo pelos filhos foi a sua fraqueza fatal e ameaçou tudo o que conseguiu conquistar.
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