Monday, September 27, 2010

HT Recommends - Catherine de Medici

Recently Cassondra contacted us and asked:

Any suggestions for Catherine de Medici?

There don't seem to be a lot of books around about Catherine although there were a couple that came out in the last year or so.

Jean Plaidy has a trilogy of books about Catherine - Madam Serpent, The Itallian Woman, Queen Jezebel

Catherine de Medici by Leonie Frieda (biography)

Duchessina by Carolyn Meyer

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by CW Gortner (Read our review of CW Gortner's book, and a guest post from him about Catherine de Medici). 

The Devil's Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis

Catherine also appears as one of the major characters in Susan Carroll's Cheney sisters novels, particularly the first one which is called The Dark Queen.

Anyone have any other recommendations for books about Catherine de Medici?


  1. La Reine Margot by Alexandre Dumas.

  2. The Master of All Desires by the late Judith Merkle Riley is an historical fantasy featuring Catherine de Medici.

  3. For something more academic, Robert Knecht's "Catherine de Medici- Profiles in Power" is good. Also, many books about the French wars of religion will feature her.