The Confessions of Catherine de Medici: A Novel

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici - C.W. Gortner This is an intelligent and well-written historical novel based on the life of Catherine de Medici, the sixteenth-century queen of France, who saw three of her sons hold the French throne before the Valois dynasty gave way to the Bourbons in the person of Henri IV. Except for some things that I found a bit hard to believe, Gortner provides a plausible portrayal of a woman who is often vilified as a power-hungry poisoner, as well as the instigator of the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of Huguenots at the celebration of her daughter Margot's marriage to the future Henri IV.