The Italian Woman: A Catherine de' Medici Novel

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The Italian Woman: A Catherine de' Medici Novel

by Jean Plaidy

Touchstone | January 1, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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The second book in the classic Catherine de' Medici trilogy from Jean Plaidy, the grande dame of historical fiction

When Catherine de' Medici was forced to marry Henry, Duke of Orleans, her heart was not the only one that was broken. Jeanne of Navarre once dreamed of marrying this same prince, but, like Catherine, she must comply with France's political needs. And so both Catherine's and Jeanne's lives are set on unwanted paths, destined to cross in affairs of state, love, and faith, driving them to become deadly political rivals.

Years later Jeanne is happily married to the dashing but politically inept Antoine de Bourbon. But the widowed Catherine is now the ambitious mother of princes, and she will do anything to see her beloved second son, Henry, rule France. As civil war ravages the country and Jeanne fights for the Huguenot cause, Catherine advances along her unholy road, making enemies at every turn.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 3.15 × 2.07 × 0.35 in

Published: January 1, 2013

Publisher: Touchstone

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451686528

ISBN - 13: 9781451686524

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The Italian Woman: A Catherine de' Medici Novel

by Jean Plaidy

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 3.15 × 2.07 × 0.35 in

Published: January 1, 2013

Publisher: Touchstone

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451686528

ISBN - 13: 9781451686524

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The second book in the classic Catherine de' Medici trilogy from Jean Plaidy, the grande dame of historical fiction

When Catherine de' Medici was forced to marry Henry, Duke of Orleans, her heart was not the only one that was broken. Jeanne of Navarre once dreamed of marrying this same prince, but, like Catherine, she must comply with France's political needs. And so both Catherine's and Jeanne's lives are set on unwanted paths, destined to cross in affairs of state, love, and faith, driving them to become deadly political rivals.

Years later Jeanne is happily married to the dashing but politically inept Antoine de Bourbon. But the widowed Catherine is now the ambitious mother of princes, and she will do anything to see her beloved second son, Henry, rule France. As civil war ravages the country and Jeanne fights for the Huguenot cause, Catherine advances along her unholy road, making enemies at every turn.

About the Author

Jean Plaidy was a British writer who wrote under various pen names. Her real name is Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert. She was born in London on September 1, 1906. Most of the books written as Jean Plaidy are historical romances based on English history featuring historical figures. The first, Beyond the Blue Mountains, was published in 1947. Hibbert also wrote five nonfiction histories and two children's books. Besides Jean Plaidy, Hibbert wrote under Victoria Holt, Phillipa Carr, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Ellalice Tate, and her maiden name, Eleanor Burford. Hibbert died on January 18, 1993.

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"Plaidy has brought the past to life."
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