The Italian Woman, Author’s Note

The middle book of Jean Plaidy’s Catherine de’ Medici trilogy, The Italian Woman was first published in 1953. Below is the author’s note on the subject: “In The Italian Woman I have endeavoured to portray Catherine de’ Medici in the middle stages of her career, when she was no longer the neglected wife and the most humiliated of all the Queens of France, but the powerful mother of kings. At this stage Catherine was not yet the infamous woman she

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