Women of power

the life and times of Catherine dé Medici
Author: Mark Strage
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 368
View: 3322

Catherine de Medici

The Power Behind the French Throne
Author: N.A
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 9780756515812
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 112
View: 8782
Describes the life and accomplishments of the queen who worked to achieve peace between French Protestants and Catholics during the reigns of her husband, King Henry II of France, and her sons.

The Biography Book

A Reader's Guide to Nonfiction, Fictional, and Film Biographies of More Than 500 of the Most Fascinating Individuals of All Time
Author: Daniel S. Burt
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781573562560
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 629
View: 8243
From Marilyn to Mussolini, people captivate people. A&E's "Biography, " best-selling autobiographies, and biographical novels testify to the popularity of the genre. But where does one begin? Collected here are descriptions and evaluations of over 10,000 biographical works, including books of fact and fiction, biographies for young readers, and documentaries and movies, all based on the lives of over 500 historical figures from scientists and writers, to political and military leaders, to artists and musicians. Each entry includes a brief profile, autobiographical and primary sources, and recommended works. Short reviews describe the pertinent biographical works and offer insight into the qualities and special features of each title, helping readers to find the best biographical material available on hundreds of fascinating individuals.

Catherine de'Medici

Author: R J Knecht
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317896874
Category: History
Page: 352
View: 6391
Catherine de' Medici (1519-89) was the wife of one king of France and the mother of three more - the last, sorry representatives of the Valois, who had ruled France since 1328. She herself is of preeminent importance to French history, and one of the most controversial of all historical figures. Despised until she was powerful enough to be hated, she was, in her own lifetime and since, the subject of a "Black Legend" that has made her a favourite subject of historical novelists (most notably Alexandre Dumas, whose Reine Margot has recently had new currency on film). Yet there is no recent biography of her in English. This new study, by a leading scholar of Renaissance France, is a major event. Catherine, a neglected and insignificant member of the Florentine Medici, entered French history in 1533 when she married the son of Francis I for short-lived political reasons: her uncle was pope Clement VII, who died the following year. Now of no diplomatic value, Catherine was treated with contempt at the French court even after her husband's accession as Henry II in 1547. Even so, she gave him ten children before he was killed in a tournament in 1559. She was left with three young boys, who succeeded to the throne as Francis II (1559-60), Charles IX (1560-74) and Henry III (1574-89). As regent and queen-mother, a woman and with no natural power-base of her own, she faced impossible odds. France was accelerating into chaos, with political faction at court and religious conflict throughout the land. As the country disintegrated, Catherine's overriding concern was for the interests of her children. She was tireless in her efforts to protect her sons' inheritance, and to settle her daughters in advantageous marriages. But France needed more. Catherine herself was both peace-loving and, in an age of frenzied religious hatred, unbigoted. She tried to use the Huguenots to counterbalance the growing power of the ultra-Catholic Guises but extremism on all sides frustrated her. She was drawn into the violence. Her name is ineradicably associated with its culmination, the Massacre of St Bartholomew (24 August 1572), when thousands of Huguenots were slaughtered in Paris and elsewhere. To this day no-one knows for certain whether Catherine instigated the massacre or not, but here Robert Knecht explores the probabilities in a notably level-headed fashion. His book is a gripping narrative in its own right. It offers both a lucid exposition of immensely complex events (with their profound imact on the future of France), and also a convincing portrait of its enigmatic central character. In going behind the familiar Black Legend, Professor Knecht does not make the mistake of whitewashing Catherine; but he shows how intractable was her world, and how shifty or intransigent the people with whom she had to deal. For all her flaws, she emerges as a more sympathetic - and, in her pragmatism, more modern - figure than most of her leading contemporaries.

Die florentinische Prinzessin

Author: Christopher W. Gortner
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641071410
Category: Fiction
Page: 576
View: 4374
Opulent, packend, unvergesslich: das faszinierende Porträt der Caterina de Medici Mit gerade mal acht Jahren wird Caterina de Medici im Zuge der republikanischen Unruhen zur Geisel genommen und gefangen gehalten, als junges Mädchen wird sie Heinrich dem II. versprochen und nach Frankreich, in eine ihr feindlich gesinnte, fremde Umgebung, geschickt. Am französischen Hof ist sie dann jahrelang den Demütigungen der Liebhaberin ihres Mannes ausgesetzt. Doch Caterina lässt sich nicht einschüchtern, und sie konzentriert all ihre Energien auf ein Ziel: den Thron für ihre Söhne zu sichern. Auch wenn dies bedeutet, ihre eigenen Ideale und die Leidenschaft ihres Herzens zu opfern ...

The Life and Times of Thomas Stukeley (c.1525-78)

Author: Juan E. Tazón
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780754632856
Category: History
Page: 282
View: 5186
Thomas Stukeley was one of the most colourful characters of the Elizabethan age, whose exploits as mercenary, pirate, forger, colonial adventurer, political advisor, diplomat and traitor brought him fame and notoriety throughout Europe. In this new biography, Professor Tazon makes extensive use of previously neglected documents from British, Spanish and Italian archives to produce a much more rounded and complete portrait of Stukeley and the events in which he participated. He portrays Stukeley as a real figure, urging the reader to view in parallel English, Spanish, Irish and wider European history.

Tuscan Sculptors: Their Lives, Works, and Times

With Illustrations from Original Drawings and Photographs. II
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
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The Life and Times of Nostradamus

Author: Russell Roberts
Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 1612288847
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
View: 5850
Few people in history have incited such debate and further examination as the French prophet known as Nostradamus. What manner of man was he? Was he really able to part the mists of time and see into the future? Was it possible that he could predict events and identify people separated hundreds of years from his own time? Or are his predictions just vague and ambiguous enough that they can be made to fit almost any occasion? Perhaps one way to find answers to these questions is to examine the entire life of this remarkable man—not just the small portion that his predictions constitute. Read about the influences of his youth, his training as a physician, and the reasons he began making his predictions. You may then have the power to better understand who and what he actually was and the times in which he lived.

Catherine de Medici

A Biography
Author: Leonie Frieda
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1780222602
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 544
View: 4889
The bestselling revisionist biography of one of the great women of the 16th century Orphaned in infancy, Catherine de Medici was the sole legitimate heiress to the Medici family fortune. Married at fourteen to the future Henri II of France, she was constantly humiliated by his influential mistress Diane de Poitiers. When her husband died as a result of a duelling accident in Paris, Catherine was made queen regent during the short reign of her eldest son (married to Mary Queen of Scots and like many of her children he died young). When her second son became king she was the power behind the throne. She nursed dynastic ambitions, but was continually drawn into political and religious intrigues between Catholics and Protestants that plagued France for much of the later part of her life. It had always been said that she was implicated in the notorious Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre, together with the king and her third son who succeeded to the throne in 1574, but was murdered. Her political influence waned, but she survived long enough to ensure the succession of her son-in-law who had married her daughter Margaret.

The life and times of Elizabeth I.

Author: Neville Williams
Publisher: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
View: 3993
From front flap of dust jacket: In 1558, a twenty-five-year-old girl succeeded to the throne of England. Despite general rejoicing no one could disguise the magnitude of the problems which Elizabeth faced, for not only was she 'but a woman' in a hard and uncompromising age, but her kingdom had been torn by religious strife for more than ten years. Yet Elizabeth was to rise triumphant over all her difficulties, and become the first England monarch to give her name to an era. Her reign was to be one of the most glorious in English history, when the country successfully defied the mightiest powers of Europe. The Queen gathered about her at Court all the most powerful, ambitious and flamboyant characters of the age, and there was a flowering of literature and the arts which has never been surpassed. Above all, Elizabeth's contemporaries could never forget that she was a woman. She played on all their chivalrous instincts to ensure their loyalty and devotion. The greatest men in the kingdom competed for her favour, and the greatest princes in Europe vied for her hand. Throughout her reign she used her sex as a source of strength not weakness, and she was to leave behind her a truly united nation, and the legend of a truly golden age.

The Life of Lorenzo De' Medici Called the Magnificent in Two Volumes by William Roscoe

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Page: 453
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St. James Guide to Biography

Author: Paul E. Schellinger
Publisher: St James Press
ISBN: 9781558621466
Category: Reference
Page: 870
View: 2451
Each entry contains a bibliographical listing of biographies written on the subject with a critical essay reviewing the biographies listed.

The Tigress of Forli

Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de' Medici
Author: Elizabeth Lev
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547608047
Category: History
Page: 320
View: 8189
“In this insightful, fascinating portrayal, Elizabeth Lev brings Caterina Sforza and her times very much to life.”—Kathleen Turner, actress and author of Send Yourself Roses A strategist to match Machiavelli; a warrior who stood toe to toe with the Borgias; a wife whose three marriages would end in bloodshed and heartbreak; and a mother determined to maintain her family’s honor, Caterina Riario Sforza de’ Medici was a true Renaissance celebrity, beloved and vilified in equal measure. In this dazzling biography, Elizabeth Lev illuminates her extraordinary life and accomplishments. Raised in the court of Milan and wed at age ten to the pope’s corrupt nephew, Caterina was ensnared in Italy’s political intrigues early in life. After turbulent years in Rome’s papal court, she moved to the Romagnol province of Forlì. Following her husband’s assassination, she ruled Italy’s crossroads with iron will, martial strength, political savvy, and an icon’s fashion sense. In finally losing her lands to the Borgia family, she put up a resistance that inspired all of Europe and set the stage for her progeny—including Cosimo de’ Medici—to follow her example to greatness. A rich evocation of Renaissance life, The Tigress of Forlì reveals Caterina Riario Sforza as a brilliant and fearless ruler, and a tragic but unbowed figure. “A rich, nuanced portrait of a highly controversial beauty and military leader, and her violent, albeit glittering, Italian Renaissance milieu.”—Publishers Weekly “Well-written and meticulously researched, The Tigress of Forlì recreates the world of Renaissance Italy in all its grandeur and violence. At the center stands a remarkable woman, Caterina Riario Sforza. Mother, warrior, and icon, Caterina is unforgettable, and so is the exciting story that Elizabeth Lev tells here.”—Barry Strauss, author of Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership

Lucrezia Tornabuoni De' Medici and the Medici Family in the Fifteenth Century

Author: Maria Grazia Pernis,Laurie Adams
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9780820476452
Category: Art
Page: 181
View: 6709
"Lucrezia Tornabuoni de' Medici and the Medici Family in the Fifteenth Century" is a fresh, new biography of a Renaissance woman who lived during the heyday of Medici power. A remarkable person in her own right, the author of religious poems and sacred narratives, as well as an accomplished businesswoman, Lucrezia was the mother of Lorenzo the Magnificent, the grandmother of two popes, and the great-great grandmother of Catherine de' Medici, Queen of France. This glimpse of her life and times is a window onto the political intrigues and intellectual achievements of Medici Florence.


A Book of Memories
Author: Irene Mahoney
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1449076874
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 188
View: 5118


A Novel of Catherine de' Medici
Author: Carolyn Meyer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547539037
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 272
View: 723
Young Catherine de' Medici is the sole heiress to the entire fortune of the wealthy Medici family. But her life is far from luxurious. After a childhood spent locked away behind the walls of a convent, she joins the household of the pope, where at last she can be united with her true love. But, all too soon, that love is replaced with an engagement to a boy who is cold and aloof. It soon becomes clear that Catherine will need all the cunning she can muster to command the respect she deserves as one of France's most powerful queens. Includes a family tree.

Nostradamus For Dummies

Author: Scarlett Ross
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118070054
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 384
View: 2447
Nostradamus made simple-a surefire prophecy of success! Michel Notredame, or Nostradamus (1503-1566), was a French physician, astrologer, and prophet whose books of visionary four-line verses have intrigued and beguiled readers for hundreds of years. Now, with this fun and easy guide, everyone can finally get a handle on Nostradamus and his "Centuries" of prophecies, which many people believe to have predicted the French Revolution, the rise of Hitler, the Kennedy assassination, and 9/11, among other events. The book covers Nostradamus's life and beliefs, his use of cryptic language and anagrams, interpretations of his work that link it to specific historical incidents, and critics who are skeptical of his prophecies. It also explores the implications of his work on the past, present, and future, and much more!

Das geheimnisvolle Lächeln

Author: Donna Jo Napoli
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104008272
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 368
View: 6106
Wer ist Mona Lisa? Mona Lisa – ihr Porträt ist das berühmteste Gemälde der Welt. Donna Jo Napoli erzählt Mona Lisas Geschichte so farbenprächtig und ausgeschmückt, dass die Porträtierte zur besten Freundin wird: Elisabetta ist die dreizehnjährige Tochter eines italienischen Landaristokraten. Als sie in die florentinische Gesellschaft eingeführt wird, lernt sie nicht nur den Maler Leonardo da Vinci kennen, sondern verliebt sich auch Hals über Kopf in Giuliano de’ Medici. Giuliano erwidert Elisabettas Liebe und macht sie überglücklich. Doch politische Intrigen führen dazu, dass die beiden Liebenden getrennt werden. Elisabetta wird mit einem florentinischen Kaufmann verheiratet. Giuliano, der sie nicht vergessen kann, beauftragt da Vinci, ein Porträt von ihr zu malen ...

Henri IV of France

His Reign and Age
Author: Vincent J. Pitts
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421407140
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 516
View: 9298
The result is a fascinating biography of a French king and a comprehensive history of sixteenth-century France.