by Matteo Strukul
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Pub Date 1 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2021
The third instalment in a prize-winning series charting the rise of the House of Medici as they become Masters of Florence and progenitors of the Renaissance.
Fontainebleau, 1536. Francis II, dauphin of France, is dead. Poisoned. And the royal court believe Catherine de' Medici to be the murderer. With the heir apparent dead, her husband Henry will now be the next King of France – and her queen – and Catherine's family is known to stop at nothing to consolidate their power.
But not yet queen and without an heir of her own, Catherine cannot be sure of securing her family's legacy. To ensure the conception of an heir, she will need to seek help from an unexpected ally: Nostradamus, the reclusive astronomer and purported seer. Dismissed by most as a charlatan and a heretic, she knows he will be her only hope in becoming a mother.
Amid court intrigues, betrayals and humiliations, Catherine now waits. Awaits the death of her father-in-law, King Francis, and awaits the birth of a son who will carry her name. For once she is queen, Catherine de' Medici's power will only grow. But that power comes at a heavy cost, one she might ever regret.
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What a marvellous finale to a glorious trilogy! The last chapter in Mr. Strukul's colorful and entertaining saga about the Medici & their never-ending quest for power & recognition on the ever shifting & moving chessboard of 16th century European politics is centered around the higly political union between Pope Clement VII's niece Catherine and Henri the second son of the French king Francis I. A marvellous tapestry of the political shenanigans and the dangerous pitfalls that the young and intelligent Italian woman will have to learn how to avoid in order to survive in the venomous environment of the French court awashed with dangerous creatures and spiteful intentions. Fiendishly plotted and with a cast of colorful and at times very malevolent characters, this delightful historical novel is the perfect fictional journey through the troublesome and often treacherous world of the Renaissance. An absolute winner from start to finish! Many thanks to Netgalley and Head of Zeus for this terrific ARC