Blood, Fire and Gold: The story of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici

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Blood, Fire and Gold: The story of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici

Blood, Fire and Gold: The story of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici

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I learned so much about Elizabeth I that I hadn't learned in other biographies, and it also sparked my interest in Catherine De Medici and her children. It is impossible to know what their true thoughts were on certain topics as you have to do a lot of lip service as a royal and keep real feelings hidden. Along the way, they introduce us to the antiquarians and philanthropists who shaped the world’s great collections, trace the rise and fall of fashions and tastes, and reveal the high crimes and misdemeanours committed in pursuit of rare and valuable manuscripts.

The letters and diplomatic interplay among the queens is highlighted and makes this book worthwhile.Whether tainted by censorship and suppression or hailed as a liberator of truth, the news is integral to our daily life.

Estelle Paranque is the perfect guide to this world, and an exciting, new voice in narrative history. accessible and unpretentious' The Telegraph' A stunning portrayal of two of the most powerful women in European history' Tracy Borman'Exciting and compelling, packed full of tantalising details of diplomacy and court life, Paranque succeeds both in bringing history to life, but also in putting flesh on the bones of these two extraordinary women and rival queens' Kate Mosse'A smart and stylish portrait of two of Europe's most remarkable rulers, a compelling profile of female power and - that rarest of things - a truly original book about the Tudor period' Jessie ChildsIn sixteenth-century Europe, two women came to hold all the power, against all the odds. I really do recommend this book to anyone just wants an exciting read about real women, their lives, and how they changed the landscape of early modern Europe!The singularly interesting and unusual correspondence in time of two domineering and intelligent women ruling some of the most powerful nations in Europe at the same time is fascinating, and it is almost criminal that a book studying their relationship has not previously been written.

This blending of history and fiction simply confuses new readers and is not the method suggested to achieve such an aim (at least Paranque admits the usage, though).

A great retelling of the intricacies of Queenship during the 16th century, the book delves with deep analysis of how Catherine de Medici and Elizabeth Tudor navigated rigorous waters on the fight for supremacy. At a time when women were given no voice at all and were considered, in every aspect, as less than men, these two lead armies, squashed rebellions and shaped Kingdoms. Estelle Paranque succeeds in bringing a fresh narration to the complex and extraordinary lives of two incredibly powerful women. For most of her life, Elizabeth would fight to maintain her legitimacy, her right to succession and her religion. One a Virgin Queen who ruled her kingdom alone, and the other a clandestine leader who used her children to shape the dynasties of Europe, much has been written about these iconic women.

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