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 have long been fascinated by Elizabeth and I have been collecting numerous nonfiction books about her both old and new.

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. She has participated in international historical TV documentaries including BBC Two's The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family (2021) and Channel 4's The Queens Who Changed the World (2023).It’s astonishing that Catherine lived until she was 69 years old, That is quite ancient for the 16th century, especially as she outlived most of her children. From honouree mother-daughter to friends to equals to rivals and sometimes enemies, these two powerful and extraordinary women were the real rivals to each other and their influence, power and struggles dominated the later part of the 16th century. Even though Elizabeth held sway as the Great Gloriana and the Virgin Queen; the formidable Catherine de Medici of the great Italian Medici family was making her own history in nearby France. The author has a lot of talent and I will keep an eye on her to see if she publishes any more novels.

But though their individual legacies have been heavily scrutinized, nothing has been said of their complicated relationship—thirty years of camaraderie, competition, and conflict that forever changed the face of Europe. Paranque seems to find a calmer flow/style and leans more toward a scholarly style (although this doesn’t mean a complete absence of the previous complaints – just slightly less in number).

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. But since it's heavily focused on the pair, it also somewhat removes focus on other big events that influenced their actions, making the timeline of their respective reigns seem rather simplistic. She has extensively published on the Tudors and the Valois and is the author of Elizabeth I of England Through Valois Eyes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). For instance, while fervently Catholic, Catherine offered her daughter to the Protestant King of Navarre. She and the French monarchy itself are weakened by the religious wars and with the execution of Mary because France's heavily Catholic population sees Catherine and King Henry III as helpless because they could not protect her.



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