Before I read The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, I had little knowledge of her and what I did know wasnít pleasant. Catherine was supposedly to blame for the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, she was accused of using witchcraft of black magic, Nostradamus counseled her at one point, and she was an extremely jealous wife of her husbandís mistress. This novel is from the prespective of Catherine and makes you see her in a new light.
I am not normally a fan of literature based on events that happened especially during this time period mostly because the stories seem long and drawn out. Author C.W. Gortnerís writing is easy to understand and there is never a dull moment in his story of Catherine. Gortner makes it easy to see the torment Catherine suffers from nearly everyone she encounters. It is no wonder she acts the way she did, you will think.
The Confessions of Catherine de Medici follows Catherine from nearly birth to her demise. We watch her tortured in a convent to marrying a future King of France. The reader is involved with her struggle to make her husband love her and want her while his mistress is always by his side. You will see the love she has for each of her children and her inner struggle as each of her young daughters are married off to protect France. We watch as she grows in power after the death of her husband. Strong, intelligent, and strategically minded, Catherine is a force to be reckoned with. The insiders look to some events put an awesome twist on what historians have lead us to believe about Catherine and her reign. The author writes a story that leaves Catherine as a heroine rather than a persecutor.
This novel was very hard to put down at times because I got so involved in what was going on, I just had to know what was going to happen next. I also found myself doing internet searches about certain events mentioned to better understand what had happened.
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Disclosure - I was given a free copy of the book to write my review. No other compensation was given to me.