Catherine de' Medici's Savage Royal Rivalry

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Catherine de' Medici

Catherine de' Medici was a ruthless pragmatist and powerbroker who dominated the throne for thirty years. Her youngest daughter Marguerite, the glamorous "Queen Margot," was the only adversary whom her mother could neither intimidate nor control. In The Rival Queens: Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom, Nancy Goldstone shows how Catherine created not only savage conflict within France but also a potent rival within her own family.