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

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Encased in steel, surrounded by highly explosive shells, a big and slow-moving target, every crew member was utterly vulnerable to enemy attack from all sides. Her husband would be King Henry II, known to have several mistresses, including Diane de Poitiers, who was her husband’s, true love.

Bouncing back and forth between the lives of Catherine and Elizabeth, readers are treated to a great deal of history, particularly second-tier information that helps answer why things actually happen. Blood, Fire and Gold underscores the brilliance of these two women, who shaped and were in turn shaped by each other, their strength and political acumen forging a legacy for future queens. Instead, 'Blood, Fire and Gold' offers an insightful and colourfully fleshed out account of the relationship between Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici, which altered the course of European history. Estelle Paranque comes here to reveal the intimate details that brings to life the two most powerful female rulers of that century.Overall though, extremely informative and it’s hard to find good history book authors that actually know how to tell a story. During the tournament to celebrate this treaty, Catherine’s husband, Henri II, was killed; and Catherine was now the mother of four young brothers, one of whom, Francis II, now became king; two of his brothers, Charles IX and Henri III would succeed him. Impressively balancing a cinematic approach with a rigorous scholarly lens, this glorious study breaks new ground in terms of both style and substance. The author doesn't shy away from exploring the negative side of her subjects and it is utterly refreshing to see that these powerhouse women are not pitted against one another but simply respected for their importance they gained in their own right.

Shining new light on their legendary kingdoms Blood, Fire and Gold provides a new way of looking at two of history's most powerful women, and how they shaped each other as profoundly as they shaped the course of history. a marvelous story of a relationship between two powerful women in an age when females were believed to be unsuited to the exercise of government.This also allowed me to learn more about Catherine life and what was going on at the same time in their respective lives.

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.Instead we are asked to believe that perhaps Elizabeth might actually marry a French king, or that the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots left Elizabeth “seemingly dumbfounded” and was due to “exhaustion and panic,” not her perfectly honed instinct for survival. Fortunately, the book gets good as Paranque focuses on relations of the two powerful women in 3 main issues: 1. 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! It diminishes the authority of the book which is a shame as the author is clearly knowledgeable and passionate and has written an engaging, relatable, absorbing story.

Many would think Elizabeth's equal would be Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, but from this book, Catherine de Medici is her true equal of a female put with royal power. It is also a tale of ceaseless calculation, of love and rivalry, of war and wisdom - and of female power in a male world.

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. The argument it proposed threatened to topple the government, but sedition sold well in the coffeehouses of Fleet Street and the woman promised protection. However, it was in both their interests to oppose the ambitions of Spain, and they had made the Treaty of Blois in 1572, agreeing to send help to the Netherlands in their revolt against Spain which began that year.

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