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  1. Sarah (Presto agitato) Sarah (Presto agitato) says:

    Okay I know this book isn't exactly serious literature It's probably not fair to be nitpicky about historical accuracy But Italy was not a country in the 1500s Not politically not linguistically and definitely not like this Oh our poor country Sebastiano Our poor suffering country I know how you feel You and I would die for our country pg 118 Yes Sebastiano she said for the sake of your country you would gladly die a thousand deathsyour name would be remembered throughout Italy forever with honor my dear Count with reverenceOne day Sebastiano you will be called upon to do great deeds for our country pg 118I'm not sure what geographic entity Catherine is referring to Does she mean Florence? The Papal States? All of the incessantly warring city states on the peninsula?Oh well it's not important Except to poor Sebastiano who view spoilermeets an extremely unpleasant end executed by being torn apart by four horses It might have mattered to him to know his nationalism was misplaced hide spoiler

  2. Louise Louise says:

    This novel is as much the story of Jeanne of Navarre as it is Catherine It is a deeply romantic story of teenagers in love forced to acuiesce to marriages that further their families’ ambitions It poses the personalities passions and motives that may have formed the back story of St Bartholomew’s MassacreIn the introduction Plaidy notes how her narrative on Catherine’s alleged poisonings fits the historical record King Francis did die after drinking from a cup and it did pave the way for Catherine to rule through young Charles and ship would be rival Mary back to Scotland ueen Jeanne of Navarre did die just after she signed the marriage contract pursued by CatherineThe dialog is a bit stilted but works great for Catherine She speaks with a dispassionate formality that makes her diabolical plans sound like sweet reasonPlaidy novels give an informed spin on the royals and are always satisfying They represent an era of historical fiction that has been eclipsed by modern and less formal writing such as that of Gore Vidal and Margaret George

  3. Matt Matt says:

    Plaidy has been called one of the great historical fiction writers of the 20th century particularly in her focus of European history and the female players that shaped its development In this the first of a trilogy Plaidy invites the readers into the world of Catherine de Medici As with many young women of the time she was a pawn on the chessboard of European peacemaking where marriages helped not only strengthen alliances but allowed monarchies to oversee larger pieces of the European pie Stuck in her native Italy de Medici is soon betrothed to the King of France's second son Henry Wary of this union de Medici offers much resistance but when the Pope is your suitor there is little objection to be made Heading to France de Medici arrives where Henry and King Francis await her only to discover that she is involved in a love triangle not of her own making Henry is enamoured with another woman said to be a sorceress of sorts who has control over the prince and dictates his every move After the heir to the French Throne is poisoned all eyes turn to de Medici when the culprit is found to be an Italian She professes no involvement but is not forlorn at her advancement closer to the Throne Now married to the Dauphin the heir to the Throne de Medici must worry about the next issue being without children of her own While she had a man with whom she was strongly enamoured his death has led de Medici to turn her love towards her husband who refuses to reciprocate It is only when Henry shows her minimal affection to ensure she brings forth an heir that the Dauphine de Medici can rest easier However she has come to realise that no one will protect her other than herself Dauphine de Medici's sentiments sour and she becomes bitter about her life turning to scheming and plotting her own revenge for herself and Italy Plaidy explores some of Catherine de Medici's deep seeded distrust in the French Court to fan the flames of evil buried deep inside her vowing to right all the wrongs that have befallen her A curious opening novel that introduces keen readers to the life of this most cutthroat Italian princess I will be the first to admit that I love these period pieces that surround themselves with European monarchies That said I was impeded from becoming strongly connected to this story for reasons I cannot fully understand I cannot criticise Plaidy as I am sure her success and admiration by millions cannot be false in comparison to my sole struggle I felt the same way when reading another author who wrote in this same genre also from the 1950s so there may be something on which we can build Could it perhaps be a lack of narrative connection or perhaps something less scandalous as I am used to in today's writers? That said Plaidy successfully paints Catherine de Medici and those around her in brushstrokes that depict struggle scandal and the plight of European growth I may after a time return to this series to see how de Medici fares in the second and third novels though find myself in need of literary courage for that plunge I admit my rating of this book will not be as high as it might have been had I been attached to the entire method though I do counsel those who read this review to take my comments with a grain of proverbial saltWell done Madam Plaidy for your presentation While it did not pull me in many others have surely taken to you For that you have my respect at leastLikehate the review? An ever growing collection of others appears at

  4. Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!} Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!} says:

    This book was amazing Not necessarily the best book ever written but it was entertaining as fuck Also trashy Also crazy the you read I was rooting for Catherine hardcore She was a vicious she devil but I could understand why She was a pawn but she used that to her advantage Also Anne I wanted to hate but she made such a good villain to CatherineTrigger Warning Animal abuse and death

  5. Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews) Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews) says:

    Decent if not groundbreaking Occasionally stilted and weighed down with expositionary dialogue but nonetheless an engaging read and look at the life of one of France's most infamous ueens Though Madame Serpent was definitely not the best Jean Plaidy novel I have ever read I can say I enjoyed it for the most part and that it was worth the 10 for the ebook

  6. Lígia Bellini Lígia Bellini says:

    Catherine de' Medici was educated to never show her emotions or sentiments Sadly that was one of an important thing to make her become a cruel woman Since i studyread about St Bartholomew's Day massacre and read and watched the movie La Reine Margot i never forget the fanatic catholic woman connected to poisons and necromancy I was surprised to know that a ueen could be so evil But i know that everything happens because of something And reading the book i could learn that she had a sad past When she was a child Catherine was an orphan imprisoned because Medici were overthrown in Florence so she was a hostage in convents and also obliged to marry Henry II of France by her uncle the Pope Clement VII The last thing was devastating for Catherine because she was in love with Ipolito But once she met her husband she fell in love with him but never was loved back Henry despised her and had an old woman Daiane de Poitiers as his mistress Daiane was an ambitious person and manipulated Henry all the time But once she realized that Henry's chance to be on throne wasn't certain because he didn't have heirs with Catherine she sent him to Catherine's bed afterall he had a duty to her Besides this humiliation Catherine had to endure Daiane also had power over Catherine's children they didn't love their mother only Henry and Margot loved Catherine Diane was treated like she was the real ueen and also got the palace Catherine loved and wanted for herself Catherine had to endure so many humiliations and alone because she didn't have friends The court didn't trust her specially because she was an italian I think Catherine was the real evidence of what a woman despised by her love can become Slowly and uietly she suffered and with that her hate was getting stronger So on Madame Serpent Jean Plaidy bring the events on Catherine's life since she was a child till the death of her beloved husband Here she brings what makes Catherine become such a evil woman on France's history Excellent reading

  7. DaveA DaveA says:

    An historian friend of mine called Catherine de Medici a formidable woman Before I read this book I knew almost nothing about her but this book certainly doesn't portray her as a formidable woman It shows her as a frail meek tormented woman who has been for the most part abandoned by her husband The title is a total misnomer It shouldn't be called Madame Serpent but rather Madame puppy or Madame mouse Additionally the book ends shortly after the point where Mary Stewart Mary Stuart Mary ueen of Scots becomes ueen of France This is before all the good parts where Catherine indeed becomes Madame Serpent It's a good thing this is the first of three novels in a series about de Medici although I think that it would have been MUCH better to combine the three books into a single titleStill I'm somewhat disappointed by the novel While it is a novel and is entertaining it ignores most of the history of the time It barely mentions the de Guise's the Habsburg–Valois and other wars the Huguenots although much of that occurred after this book ends it has its roots in the time period of this book the Medici Pope Clement VII nor the political intrigues of England Scotland Spain France Italy and Holland I will see if this book was worth reading after I finish the other two in the series So far I definitely want to continue to complete the series

  8. Cher Cher says:

    3 stars It was goodGood enough that I plan to continue the trilogy Favorite uote If you do not try very hard to please people often you can please them First Sentences At Amboise the French court was en fete

  9. Billye Billye says:

    The story of King Henry 2 of France 1547 who was the son of Frances 1st of France a very strong figure who was a lover of many women His son Henry 2 was married to Catherine de Medici from Rome and a member of the Medici family of tradesmen with Lorenzo Medici of Florence lover of art and very powerful Henry as a youth was enad by a women 20 years older than him Diane de Poitiers who after he became king was his lover and controlled everything he did she was very mean to Henry's wife Catherine de Medici and when Henry died Catherine de Medici took revenge on her Diane de Poitiers was given the chateau of Chenecheau by Henry the most beautiful chateau of the Loire we have been there Catherine was thought to have paid someone to poison Henry's older brother who was the Dauphine of France and would become king before Henry He was playing tennis and became over heated and drank 2 cups of water given him by his cup bearer and he died with symptoms of poison Henry 2 did not love Catherine but she loved him and she was jealous of his attentions to Diane Catherine even had a hole dug in the floor of her floor so she could watch Diane and Henry making love below her She wanted to poison Diane but realized she would be blamed for it After Henry 2nd's death his son Frances 2nd came to rule He was married to Mary ueen of Scotts when he was 15 and she was 14 He was very much in love with Mary and would do anything she said Mary was related to Diane of Poitiers and her uncles the Guises and they ruled Frances 2nd the next book I am going to read is The Italian Woman by Jean Plaidy which goes into the influence Catherine de Medici had on her son Frances 2 and his 2 brothers who became kings of France after his death My favorite historical fiction is these books by Jean Plaidy there are almost 100 of them and I have read them all and keep rereading them This is a wonderful way to learn about the history of France England and Spain They are numbered in the front and should be read in order with William the conuerer William 1st of England being the first book to read They are than marvelous

  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    This was my first Plaidy book and I enjoyed it At first I thought it was dragging along but once I remembered this was book one of the trilogy it all made sense This book re imagines the events that eventually shaped Catherine de Medici into the woman she would become Catherine went to France wide eyed and innocent and uickly became disillusioned Although she loved her new father Francis I and his court she never gained the courts full acceptance Catherine was on excellent terms with the King but his son her husband was another matterPoor Catherine absolutely loved and adored her husband Henry Unfortunately all of Henry's love went to his mistress Diane de Poitiers She had Henry wrapped around her little finger and Catherine could do nothing about it But Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned In her own uiet way Catherine agitates her enemies in the shadows no one is the wiser until it is too latePlaidy's descriptions of court dress and festivities are delightful I can just imagine the jewel encrusted gowns and entertainments at the court I can also feel Catherine's pain What was most interesting to me was the power women held in the French court The ueen to a certain extent and most of all the mistresses Men and women were considered euals for the most part not like the English courts I have read so much about I don't know if this was a result of Francis I or it was the norm I'll have to research thisAll in all an enjoyable book and I look forward to book two

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Madame Serpent (Catherine de Medici, #1) [KINDLE] ❆ Madame Serpent (Catherine de Medici, #1) ❤ Jean Plaidy – Sullen eyed and broken hearted fourteen year old Catherine de' Medici arrives in Marseilles to marry Henry of Orleans second son of the King of France On the promise of a dowry fit for a king Catherin Sullen eyed and broken hearted fourteen year old Catherine de' Medici arrives in Marseilles to marry Henry of Orleans second son of the King of France On the promise of a dowry fit for a king Catherine has left her true love in Italy forced into trading her future for a stake in the French crown Amid the glittering fêtes and banuets of the most immoral court in sixteenth century Europe the reluctant bride becomes a passionate but unwanted wife Humiliated and unloved Catherine spies on Henry and his lover the infamous Diane de Poitiers And tortured by what she sees Catherine becomes dangerously occupied by a ruthless ambition destined to make her the most despised woman in France the dream that one day the French crown will be worn be a Medici heir.

  • 303 pages
  • Madame Serpent (Catherine de Medici, #1)
  • Jean Plaidy
  • 03 July 2014
  • 9780709111931

About the Author: Jean Plaidy

Jean Plaidy which had sold million copies by the time of her death She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best known apart from Plaidy are.