The Life of Marie de Medicis, Queen of France 3 Volume Set

The Life of Marie de Medicis, Queen of France 3 Volume Set

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This three-volume work by Julia Pardoe, the author of other books on French royalty, was originally published in 1852. In astonishing detail the books describe the colourful and controversial life of Marie de Medicis, who in 1600 married Henry IV of France after his previous marriage to Marguerite de Valois had been annulled to make way for this dynastic alliance. The consort's life both before and after her marriage was one of flamboyant living, political intrigue and gossip. The work is a gripping and complex biography, full of information on every detail of a remarkable life at the centre of European politics. Each volume is illustrated and annotated with biographical notes and references to original documents. For more information on this author, see
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  • Paperback | 1597 pages
  • 250 x 320 x 152mm | 2,500g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 9 Halftones, black and white
  • 1108020402
  • 9781108020404

Table of contents

Volume 1: Preface; Book I. Marie de Medicis as Queen: 1. 1572-98. Marriages of Henry IV; 2. 1599-1601. Sully resolves to hasten the King's marriage; 3. 1602. Court festivities; 4. 1603-4. Court festivities; 5. 1605. Trial of the conspirators; 6. 1606. New Year's Day at court; 7. 1607. Profuse expenditure of the French nobles. Volume 2: 8. 1609. Death of the Grand-Duke of Tuscany; 9. 1610. Preparations for the coronation of Marie de Medicis; Book II. Marie de Medicis as Regent: 1. 1610. Self-possession of Marie de Medicis; 2. 1610. A temporary calm; 3. 1611. A cold correspondence; 4. 1612. The princes of the blood retire from the court; 5. 1613. State of France at the commencement of 1613; 6. 1614. New anxieties; 7. 1615-6. Close of the States-General; 8. 1616. Conference of London. Volume 3: 9. 1617. The royal forces march against the insurgent princes; 10. 1617. The Count de la Pena; Book III. Marie de Medicis as Exile: 1. 1618. De Luynes resolves to compel the Queen-mother to remain at Blois; 2. 1619. The Duke d'Epernon leaves Metz; 3. 1620. Louis XIII creates several Knights of the Holy Ghost without references to the wishes of his mother; 4. 1621-24. Attempt to secure a cardinal's hat for Richelieu frustrated by de Luynes; 5. 1625-28. Death of James I; 6. 1629. Richelieu resolves to undermine the power of Austria; 7. 1630. Gaston returns to France; 8. 1631. Richelieu interdicts all correspondence between Anne of Austria and the King of Spain; 9. 1632. Gaston d'Orleans proceeds to Brussels; 10. 1633. Monsieur returns to Flanders; 11. 1634. Increasing trials of the exiled Queen; 12. 1635-38. Richelieu resolves to accomplish the disgrace of Puylaurens; 13. 1639-42. Charles I dispatches an envoy to Louis XIII to negotiate the recall of the Queen-mother.
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