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    • ISBN:9781848947177
    • Publication date:06 Jan 2011

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

By C W Gortner

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Passion, adultery and betrayal in the court of one of history's most-maligned queens.
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  • ISBN: 9780340962978
  • Publication date: 06 Jan 2011
  • Page count: 432
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory fans will devour this smashing fictional biography. — Booklist
Disturbing royal secrets and court manipulations wickedly twist this enthralling story, brilliantly told. — Publishers Weekly on THE LAST QUEEN
Compelling... a riveting blend of passion, power and betrayal. — Inside Soap
In this book C W Gortner vividly depicts the turbulent life of one of history's most notorious yet, misunderstood women. — Four Shires
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