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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Whether tainted by censorship and suppression or hailed as a liberator of truth, the news is integral to our daily life. But nothing has been said of their complicated relationship: thirty years of friendship, competition and conflict that changed the face of Europe. Speaking of Elizabeth and Catherine, Paranque treats her subjects with equal parts criticism and empathy.

Mary is often portrayed as a poor innocent wrongfully murdered, but Paranque shows her as a schemer constantly trying to grasp more and claiming innocence when caught. She acknowledges both women for their strengths and their faults, pairing their ruthlessness with a deep understanding of the environment in which they lived and ruled. I must admit that I haven’t read them all but this work by Miss Paranque is the most readable so far.

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. From the bestselling author of Normandy ’44 and Sicily ’43 comes the untold story of the Sherwood Rangers. I was excited to win a copy of this on the author's Instagram page as it had been on my wishlist for ages. As Queen, Regent and ultimately mother of the King, Catherine would remain one of the most influential voices in France for almost 40 years.

For the humble teen, her family name and Florentine heritage made her a valued commodity, particularly to the future King of France, Henry (not to be confused with the English Henry). I didn't know anything about Catherine de' Medici or the various religious wars between Catholics and Protestants in France during this time period.Not sure why but I was looking forward to be reminded about her death and the pageantry that would commence after it. 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. 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.

They had learned their trade the hard way, under the burning sun of North Africa, on the battlefields of El Alamein and Alam el Halfa. Catherine and Mary are trying to preserve the supremacy of Catholicism while Elizabeth was promoting the spread of Protestantism. Included in this framework is the Catholic/Protestant battle, Italian wars, patriarchy, territorial claims, alliances, and royal succession and legitimacy. This book, about the complex up-and-down relationship between Queen Elizabeth and Catherine de Medici, is very detailed; but in places we quite lose sight of that relationship. 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.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. Parliament was soon in turmoil and government minister Robert Harley launched a hunt for all those involved. Or is the news a vital tool, enabling worldwide activism movements such as `BlackLivesMatter and enforcing necessary scrutiny of the ethics of those in power? Her husband would be King Henry II, known to have several mistresses, including Diane de Poitiers, who was her husband’s, true love. I’ve read extensively about Elizabeth I, and one or two books on Catherine de Medici, so the first half of this book was essentially a review.

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. Estelle Paranque succeeds in bringing a fresh narration to the complex and extraordinary lives of two incredibly powerful women. 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. Two queens; one a wife and the mother of kings and the other a virgin who had to fight for the right to rule her country independently.

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). Fast-evolving technologies and attitudes have shaped not only how we make news but, more crucially, how we consume it. The tales of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici have been covered in numerous books, but a joint biography of these two powerhouses is a rarity until now. The fact that Estelle Paranque is a native French speaker means that she seems to have analysed a lot of letters from the French side that have perhaps been over-looked by other, more British focussed, historians and means this work is full of insight rather than just a rehashing of the two women's lives.

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