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

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Not only were the hoaxes widely influential, drawing in celebrities such as Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Swift, but they also inflamed concerns about ‘English credulity’.

But nothing has been said of their complicated thirty years of friendship, competition and conflict that changed the face of Europe. At its heart are the fascinating figures of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici, whose tense and nuanced relationship is expertly told. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.By the time she was one, they were well on their way to becoming the Protestant monarchs of England. The problems lay therein the execution which is inconsistent, speculative, blurred between history and fiction and with the absence of new information as so adamantly claimed. 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. This deep empathy in her writing makes her book an exciting read—it's never, ever dry, because you feel like you're in the midst of the action with Elizabeth, Catherine, and their ambassadors. 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 begins her book with a short story about an encounter between Elizabeth I’s English ambassador to France, Sir Nicholas Throckmorton, and Catherine de Medici, who acted as regent for her son Charles IX. 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). In the world of politics where masculinity rules, both women showed their resilience and expertise and proved to the whole world that femininity is never a hindrance to one’s greatness.

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I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of these two monarchs' lives (it was really more like three monarchs because Mary Queen of Scots plays a big role, too).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. 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! The author has a lot of talent and I will keep an eye on her to see if she publishes any more novels. Fast-evolving technologies and attitudes have shaped not only how we make news but, more crucially, how we consume it. Excellently told, this thrilling, lyrical story of two extraordinarily powerful women offers the missing piece in our understanding of Tudor England and Renaissance France.

In England, Elizabeth I was the daughter of Anne Boleyn and the notorious King Henry VIII; their relationship was the most infamous of the 16th century for obvious reasons.It is also a tale of ceaseless calculation, of love and rivalry, of war and wisdom, and—above all else—of the courage and sacrifice it takes to secure and sustain power as a woman in a male-dominated world. Blood, Fire and Gold is a treasure house of historical detail that transports readers back to a time when court intrigue was quite literally a matter of life and death-especially for the women thrust into its dark heart. From the bestselling author of Normandy ’44 and Sicily ’43 comes the untold story of the Sherwood Rangers. She has participated in several international historical documentaries on TV, including BBC Two's The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family (aired in August 2021), where she shared her knowledge of Anglo-French relations under Henry VIII's reign. Estelle Paranque’s fresh and compelling narrative approach is the perfect style in which to convey this extraordinary story of the rivalry, intrigue and heartbreak which defined their reigns.

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