Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"The Confessions of Catherine DeMedici" Review

The Confessions of Catherine De Medici gives insight into one of the most fascinating European time periods. The author, C.W. Gortner, does a great job combining historical fact and fiction into this novel.

The book is about:
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.

Catherine fights to save France and her children from savage religious conflict, unaware that her own fate looms before her—a fate that will demand the sacrifice of her ideals, reputation, and the passion of her own embattled heart. . . This is the story of Catherine’s dramatic life, told by the queen herself.
One of the reasons I enjoyed this book is for the history. I enjoy reading historical nonfiction because it gives me insight into a world a history class can't.

This book was also intriguing because of Catherine. She is a strong female in a world where that was dangerous. Her character also sheds light on one of the most notorious families in European history.

I found myself admiring Catherine. I applauded her bravery, was intrigued by her blood-lust and respected the queen inside her.

Catherine's character made the book an engaging read. However, the one critique I do have is that although the book is only 390 pages, it's a long read. Every chapter brings a new plot, character and conflict.

So I would recommend you take your time with this book or else it's easy to get impatient. However, if you like to read about love, lust, deception and war, this book is for you.

It's incredible what one woman will do and sacrifice for her children and the crown.

I also recommend these books:

The Other Boleyn Girl and The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner


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