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Da li zbog prevoda ili zato to sam itala mnogo bolje napisane istorijske romane ova knjiga mi je najve im delom bila dosadna i bledunjava De ava se, kad toliko mnogo itam i zbog posla, da mi neke knjige budu dosadne ili lo e a itaoci se odu eve 3.5 stars It was really good I have been called murderess and opportunist, savior and victim And along the way, become far than was ever expected of me, even if loneliness was always present, like a faithful hound at my heels The truth is, not one of us is innocent We all have sins to confess This was an easy to read and get lost in , informative novel about Catherine de Medici While I feel like I now know about her than I did going in, I also want to read books about her now This will likely also lead me on a road to other books by involved characters, such as her daughter Margot, Mary Queen of Scots, and Nostradamus The you know, the you realize you don t know Favorite Quote To be a woman alone in this world requires every weapon you possess, every last bit of strength and endurance You cut away pieces of yourself without realizing it, until you have everything and nothing at the same time.First Sentence I am not a sentimental woman. After watching in 2014 the first season of the TV historical fantasy romance series Reign on CW channel, I was hooked I didn t miss the second and third season It was this TV series that spurred my interest in the historical character Catherine de Medici.This engaging novel is the third one I ve read so far by the author C W Gortner, and he didn t disappoint With his mesmerizing prose I was quickly transported to tumultuous 16th century France, rife with bloody religious wars between Catholics and Protestants and treacherous court machinations in the royal families wrangling for power.As a foreign teenage bride of undistinguished lineage arriving from Italy to marry a sophisticated French prince Henri II, whom she had never met before, Catherine de Medici was doomed to have rough beginnings in her adopted country Soon she discovered that her new husband s beloved mistress was the true mistress of Henri s household and his only true love When her childless state started to threaten her marital bond, she resorted to using the black arts to help with her fertility.After becoming the Dauphine, Catherine was able to sire a number of children consecutively, three of whom would become King of France in tandem During her second son s reign Charles IX , she got mired in a noxious scheme to kill several Protestant or Huguenot leaders, one of whom had once been her lover and who she believed had betrayed her The scheme eventually got out of control and led to what is historically known as the Massacre of St Bartholomew, during which several thousands of Huguenots were murdered in Paris and beyond The Catholic nobles led by the usurping Guise family put the whole blame on Catherine, who always showed tolerance towards the Huguenots and preferred peace to strife From then on, she and her reigning sons would be caught up in the never ending feud between the Catholics and the Huguenots, until the time when she had the Guises killed and subdued.As much as some of her actions might be deemed ruthless, it would appear they were occasioned by untenable situations brought about by the opposing religious factions hostile stances Were her choices motivated by her thirst for power, or just her zeal to protect her cubs and the royal lineage at all costs In the reported words of Henri IVWhat could a woman do, left by the death of her husband with five little children on her arms, and two families of France who were thinking of grasping the crown our own the Bourbons and the Guises I m surprised she didn t do worse Gortner has successfully spun a believable yarn of one of history s most maligned royal women. My laptop ate my review Loved the book 4 [ Epub ] ☪ The Confessions of Catherine de Medici ♂ The Truth Is, None Of Us Are Innocent We All Have Sins To Confess So Reveals Catherine De Medici In This Brilliantly Imagined Novel About One Of History S Most Powerful And Controversial Women To Some She Was The Ruthless Queen Who Led France Into An Era Of Savage Violence To Others She Was The Passionate Savior Of The French Monarchy Acclaimed Author C W Gortner Brings Catherine To Life In Her Own Voice, Allowing Us To Enter Into The Intimate World Of A Woman Whose Determination To Protect Her Family S Throne And Realm Plunged Her Into A Lethal Struggle For Power The Last Legitimate Descendant Of The Illustrious Medici Line, Catherine Suffers The Expulsion Of Her Family From Her Native Florence And Narrowly Escapes Death At The Hands Of An Enraged Mob While Still A Teenager, She Is Betrothed To Henri, Son Of Fran Ois I Of France, And Sent From Italy To An Unfamiliar Realm Where She Is Overshadowed And Humiliated By Her Husband S Lifelong Mistress Ever Resilient, 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 As Regent Of A Kingdom Torn Apart By Religious Discord And 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 She Allies Herself With The Enigmatic Protestant Leader Coligny, With Whom She Shares An Intimate Secret, And Implacably Carves A Path Toward Peace, Unaware That Her Own Dark Fate Looms Before Her A Fate That, If She Is To Save France, Will Demand The Sacrifice Of Her Ideals, Her Reputation, And The Passion Of Her Embattled Heart From The Fairy Tale Ch Teaux Of The Loire Valley To The Battlefields Of The Wars Of Religion To The Mob Filled Streets Of Paris, The Confessions Of Catherine De Medici Is The Extraordinary Untold Journey Of One Of The Most Maligned And Misunderstood Women Ever To Be Queen
I had a hard time connecting with Catherine I couldn t hear her voice in my head Well what I did hear was rather hollow, had little passion It was just ho hum I expected So much was happening at this time Elizabeth Tudor was queen of England, there was huge unrest in France And she met Nostradamus I expected a grander story, intrigue and complication I found it hard to have real sympathy for Catherine I was surprised at her open mindedness about religion and that she had a loved pet dog I hope that was all real and true This was well written and I am sure well researched It just was off for me. A wonderful combination of historical fact and fiction The story is a well written and refreshing look into the life of the woman named the Serpent Queen, the woman who poisoned her enemies, associated with witchcraft, and used her royal children as pawns on her chessboard, setting her country on a path of bloody religious war C.W Gortner, however, has never been one to accept historical stereotypes, and this novel proves to be no exception to his quest to reveal the human side of history s most misunderstood queen I highly recommend this book You can read full review on my blog The opening line of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici is simple yet powerful The truth is, none of us are innocent We all have sins to confess Well, I have to say that I m glad I had the chance to read this book, because it s amazing Before reading this novel, I knew nothing of Catherine de Medici To make sure that I have a vague idea of what I m reading, I googled about Catherine de Medici Turns out, she s a prominent historical figure in France To be precise, she s the mother of the last three Valois kings of France, a major force in French politics during the 30 years of Roman Catholic Huguenot wars and the instigator of the St Bartholomew s Day Massacre Her acts earned her the nicknames of Madame La Serpente and The Black Queen among many others.At a young age, Catherine de Medici was married off to King Henry II of France She was optimistic towards her new life in her newly adopted country, but her optimism did not last for long when she realized that her husband had no interest in her at all and preferred to shower favours on his chief mistress, Diane de Poitiers, who was about twice his age Even though her husband never neglected their utmost duty to produce heirs to the throne, she was overwhelmed by loneliness and sadness when she learned that to him, she was merely a breeding mare and nothing else.After her husband died, Catherine acted as the regent on behalf of her son and held great power However, she feared that the noble figures in court would trigger an uprising to overthrow the current ruler of France the royals She constantly faced complex and daunting problems the conflict between the Catholics and the Protestants being the main problem Desperate to keep the Valois monarchy on the throne, she set various policies to ease the tension between the two conflicting parties in religion However, when things got out of control, she was determined to protect the throne of France at all costs.To many, she may seem to be the representation of evil itself, but The Confessions of Catherine de Medici deems otherwise Under Gortner s expert pen, we see a hidden facade of the queen herself we observe the heartaches, the pain, the despair and the sadness of a queen who struggles alone to defend the throne of France The Confessions of Catherine de Medici is a powerful appeal for the queen, who, with the burden of the throne of France on her shoulders, is forced to do what is best for the country even if it means betraying her own heart. NO SPOILERS I have finished the book and want to say very clearly that this is a wonderful book For me the the latter half is much better than the first, but you need the first to get acquainted with the characters I did come to empathize with Catherine It just took me a while My sole reservation about this book is that love is poorly portrayed This is not a romance novel It is full of action and murder and poisoning and family bruhaha You think you ve got family problems Forget it Your problems are a piece of cake compared to the Royal House of France during the 1500s Nevertheless, you will recognize disfunctions that can occur in any family I praise the author for explaining clearly a difficult time period and for his ability to bring this time period to life If someone should mention the Bartholomew Massacre or the Huguenots or the Guise family or Mary Stuart or Diane de Poitiers or Henri de Navarre and Queen Jeanne d Albert or Philip II of Spain, Franc ois I and II or Nostradamus and many many others, after reading this book, you will understand who they were and what they did and why Heavens, I forgot Gaspard de Coligny Don t forget him The Tudors and the Bourbon family, yes they are part of this too So if it takes a while to know all these people, be a little patient, at least patient than I was The author does a magnificent job of teaching you all this You do not even need a pad of paper and pencil It does not matter to me that the romance portrayed in the novel did not work for me I promise you, by reading this book you will learn a lot, and you will enjoy the exciting history that it portrays Other books will be much interesting having read this first So four stars it is There is an informative author s note at the end The author s interpretation of the known facts is convincing, and I appreciate that he takes the time to explains his interpretation to the reader Wow, Part Three is action packed I sure am glad there is a family tree in the front How many Henris are there The kids grow up quickly and are married off, always to promote political ties That is history Historical romance is really not my cup of tea, and there is too much of that here I feel the same when the theme concerns occult beliefs Some of the episodes are so terribly predictable The different historical events are presented in a quick and neat manner Not terribly much depth I hope the book improves On to Part Four Through Part Two Naked as a Babe page 101 Having read through part two, I am quite disappointed I have no complaints with the presentation of the historical facts My complaint is that I do not believe the emotions expressed by Catherine I am told she loves France and King Fran ois and that she feels physical attraction to her absentee husband Henri, but the author has not made me believe that these emotions could really exist Below I will give specific reasons for my thoughts As a young woman of fourteen when she first arrived in France Catherine emphasizes how she misses home, Italy In one sentence she says she has these Italian companions to give her comfort in the strange new land Yes, France is beautiful, and she sees this from the start, but everything is in comparison to the art and beauty she has experienced in Italy Here, look at this description of Fontainebleau I recognized Fran ois s passion for everything Italian He had sought to re create a vision of my land that I no longer held, one of supreme artistry and extroverted exuberance, and he was so delighted with my interest he even took me on a personal tour of his chateau, pointing out the oleander dusted grottoes that echoed courtyards of Tuscany and bathing chambers that boasted heated floors and mosaics like those of ancient Rome. page 46 Isn t it grammatically correct to write Fran ois rather than Fran cois s As the years go by and she never becomes pregnant, rumors abound They are not complimentary She is not accepted by the French people She is ostracized and very much disfavored Sorry, but where does this love of France come from Catherine supposedly feels a strong, immediate friendship with her husband s father, King Fran ois Their love for each other just happened in the twinkling of an eye Such can occur, but sometimes the prose is just too overblown The reader is given only one episode, a day of hunting, where the two really interact Oh yes, there is that tour of Fontainebleau The reader is told that the two felt great affection and love for each other, but I haven t seen it grow On his deathbed, Cathrine reflects How could I live in a world where he no longer existedpage 95 Catherine supposedly feels physical attraction to her husband, a man she never sees and who has humiliated her countless times Her husband s mistress realizes that Catherine must bear a child If she doesn t she will be thrown out and replaced by another who will This could be ever so troublesome for the mistress, Diane de Poitiers So she gets involved and makes sure that heirs are produced She taught them exactly what to do, down to providing them with a chart detailing the best positions for conception page90 Can you imagine anything so horrible She is standing in the dark corner of the romm while they have sex Do you believe that Cathrine would think the following I stole every bit of pleasure I could in the process, acting the bawd for my husband and his mistress, for she d told us that only the heat of our ardour would ripen my womb. page 90 It is those first words of the quote which I find unbelievable I do not feel that at this time the author has shown me, the reader, believable emotions I am disappointed Due to these false emotions I feel like I am reading a light novel I will continue and concentrate on the historical facts Maybe the characters will turn around too I hope so Through Part One The Tender Leaf, page 33 I have only read part one, but yes I like it The author has included a family tree and a map, which are helpful Also the chapters are dated, so you can keep straight in your head when the historical bits really did occur History is explained clearly It is interwoven into the sory, so it never becomes a lesson It is just useful to know so the reader understands why the characters make the choices they do It is not heavy reading, just fun And you learn at the same time 0 What I particularly like is that you see how childhood experiences of Catherine de Medici, who is called Catarina in the book, are shapping her character She is only thirteen by the end of part one You know already that she has the ability to speak diplomatically although her emotions push her to scream She can control her temper She does not enjoy the silly curtsies, fluttering hands and coy glances page 28 demanded by society and she abhors dancing Lastly she learns from the past she will not be duped So the author has made me empathize with Catarina s childhood difficulties I like her very much Lastly some lines make you think twice, as this one Remember, whatever he says, you re important to him than he is to you. page 29 This is said by Lucrezia, Catarina s maid servant, just before Catarina is called into a meeting with Pope Clement VII, her uncle What does this sentence say To me it illustrates the close relationship between the two, and it exhibits strength and self reliance I am sure this is a forewarning of what is to come Before reading I have to check this out I am adding it b c I so loved The Last Queen by Gortner. The truth is, none of us are innocent We all have sins to confess.So reveals Catherine de Medici in this brilliantly imagined novel about one of history s most powerful and controversial women To some she was the ruthless queen who led France into an era of savage violence To others she was the passionate savior of the French monarchy Acclaimed author C W Gortner brings Catherine to life in her own voice, allowing us to enter into the intimate world of a woman whose determination to protect her family s throne and realm plunged her into a lethal struggle for power The last legitimate descendant of the illustrious Medici line, Catherine suffers the expulsion of her family from her native Florence and narrowly escapes death at the hands of an enraged mob While still a teenager, she is betrothed to Henri, son of Fran ois I of France, and sent from Italy to an unfamiliar realm where she is overshadowed and humiliated by her husband s lifelong mistress Ever resilient, 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 as regent of a kingdom torn apart by religious discord and 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 She allies herself with the enigmatic Protestant leader Coligny, with whom she shares an intimate secret, and implacably carves a path toward peace, unaware that her own dark fate looms before her a fate that, if she is to save France, will demand the sacrifice of her ideals, her reputation, and the passion of her embattled heart From the fairy tale ch teaux of the Loire Valley to the battlefields of the wars of religion to the mob filled streets of Paris, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici is the extraordinary untold journey of one of the most maligned and misunderstood women ever to be queen.