Book by Whitelaw, Nancy
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Grade 8 Up - Catherine de' Medici, wife of one 16th-century French king and mother of three more, was a powerful, influential woman in an era when women had little authority. Unfortunately, this biography doesn't do her justice. Whitelaw gallops through events at breakneck speed, leaving no time for character analysis and introspection. Her writing is awkward and laden with errors, contradictions, and omissions (the date of the St. Bartholomew Massacre is wrong, for one, and readers never find out what happened to Catherine's daughters or her daughter-in-law, Mary Queen of Scots). The author uses difficult, often archaic language - parlayed, nuptial ceremonies, brothel, landed nobility, morceau Italianize, boudoir, populace, redound, summary trials, wantonness, Jezebel. A number of footnotes are incorrect, both in quoting and citations. Overall, this offering is cumbersome and difficult to read. - Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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Book Description Morgan Reynolds Publishing, 2004. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111931798265