The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner
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BONUS: This edition contains a The Confessions of Catherine de Medici discussion guide and an excerpt from C.W. Gortner's The Queen's Vow.

The truth is, not one of us is innocent. We all have sins to confess. So reveals Catherine de Medici, the last legitimate descendant of her family’s illustrious line. Expelled from her native Florence, Catherine is betrothed to Henri, son of François I of France. In an unfamiliar realm, Catherine strives to create a role for herself through her patronage of the famous clairvoyant Nostradamus and her own innate gift as a seer. But in her fortieth year, Catherine is widowed, left alone with six young children in a kingdom torn apart by the ambitions of a treacherous nobility. Relying on her tenacity, wit, and uncanny gift for compromise, Catherine seizes power, intent on securing the throne for her sons, unaware that if she is to save France, she may have to sacrifice her ideals, her reputation, and the secret of her embattled heart.
 

About C.W. Gortner

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C. W. Gortner’s historical novels have garnered international praise and been translated into fourteen languages. He divides his time between Northern California and Antigua, Guatemala.
 
Published May 13, 2010 by Ballantine Books. 417 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Alas, when it is revealed that Henri prefers the company of men to women, Catherine fears that he too will die without an heir.

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Gortner Catherine de Medici "The Confessions of Catherine de Medici" begins with Catherine's childhood in Florentine.

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Catherine ardently loved her adopted country of France and did everything in her power to maintain peace through freedom of religious expression.

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History and Women.

Of the two, Diane, a beauty of middle age and far older than either Catherine or her husband, was Catherine's greatest nemesis.

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