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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She has also participated in Secrets d'Histoire ( France 2/ France 3) as well as the history podcasts, HistoryHit , Not Just the Tudors , and Talking Tudors . Making up dialogue is not the way to do so unless it's in a novel - in which case, I'll read a novel, not historical non-fiction. I cannot stress how much I loved this book and how Paranque was able to weave the stories of the two most powerful women in 16th-century Europe. Perhaps most importantly, it gives us unrivalled access to a landscape in which female power and agency was experienced and exercised in early modern Europe.

Not only is the writing style somewhat lacking a proper scholarly tone and thus discounts the work right from the start; but, this early content is easily ignored by those well-versed on the subject as there is nothing new to absorb. Anyone even remotely interested in the lives of queens, in Renaissance or Reformation politics, or even just in the history of women in politics will find this book fascinating. The author does a good job of asessing the queens in a fairly balanced way, as well as not making them rivals or good/bad, but rather women as well as rulers living in a 16th century world. Tai 4 ⭐️ už iššūkį perrašyti šaltinius dabartine anglų kalba ir patraukliai pasakoti apie galingiausias XVI a. At its heart are the fascinating figures of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici, whose tense and fascinating relationship is expertly told.

She deals with wars, on global and personal scales, as well as how families (or would-be families) interact when they operate on an international stage. It is an example of how each queen viewed diplomacy and the dance they had to do to keep their respective dynasties on the thrones of England and France. This also allowed me to learn more about Catherine life and what was going on at the same time in their respective lives. Blood, Fire and Gold is a must-read for anyone interested in not only Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici, but anyone interested in studies of female power more generally!

Upon ascending the throne, Elizabeth held a strong exchange of letters with the Queen Mother of France throughout her lifetime, revealing a complicated relationship. 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.When the issue of Elizabeth’s marriage came into play, Catherine de Medici entered Elizabeth I’s life, starting a 30- year relationship that began as a friendship but changed into a rivalry in the end. However, once Elizabeth is queen and Catherine becomes governor to Charles (and Mary goes back to Scotland), things really pick up. From the fashion at the time to oral history in letters and actions from Catherine to Elizabeth, Elizabeth to Henry and Catherine and to their ambassadors. Catherine and Elizabeth also had to deal with other nations, like Spain, getting in the way of their relationship, as well as the issue of religion; Catherine was a devout Catholic, and Elizabeth was more Protestant.

Blood, Fire and Gold is an utterly absorbing blend of reimagining and scholarly analysis of the profoundly gendered world of power and politics in the 16th century. It's easy to read but also dense enough with facts, analysis and opinion that you come away feeling informed as well as entertained. A relationship that shows a little bit of everything: vulnerability, scheming, hard-headedness, betrayal, and even trust. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around December 6, 2022. Francis II died of an ear infection at the end of that year, and Mary left France for Scotland in 1561.Interesting book about the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Catherine de/Medici of France and the diplomatic relations between the two countries during Elizabeth's reign. Mary’s mother, Marie de Guise, was her regent in Scotland, and was much hated by the protestant lords there whom Elizabeth supported and with whom she signed the Treaty of Edinburgh in 1560 which Mary Stuart refused to ratify.

It is also a tale of ceaseless calculation, of love and rivalry, of war and wisdom - and of female power in a male world.Elizabeth, determined not to marry, would turn them all down, all the while protesting her friendship with Catherine. In most (maybe all) the literature I’ve read, Catherine disappears from Mary's life once Mary sets sail for Scotland… sort of a goodbye and good riddance. On the one hand, Mary, Queen of Scots had threatened the life of Elizabeth and had been implicated in numerous plots against her. One a virgin and Queen Regnant of England, the other a wife and Queen Mother to the Valois Kings of France. What follows is a fascinating study of the diplomatic struggles and religious tensions of sixteenth-century Europe with two of the most influential figures at its helm.

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