Francis I by Leonie Frieda audiobook

Francis I: The Maker of Modern France

By Leonie Frieda
Read by Carole Boyd

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780061563096

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781538498224

  • ISBN: 9781538498200

  • ISBN: 9781538498217

Runtime: 13.13 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The bestselling author of Catherine de Medici returns to sixteenth-century Europe in this evocative and entertaining biography that recreates a remarkable era of French history and brings to life a great monarch—Francis I—who turned France into a great nation.

Catherine de Medici’s father-in-law, King Francis of France, was the perfect Renaissance knight, the movement’s exemplar and its Gallic interpreter. An aesthete, diplomat par excellence, and contemporary of Machiavelli, Francis was the founder of modern France, whose sheer force of will and personality molded his kingdom into the first European superpower. Arguably the man who introduced the Renaissance to France, Francis was also the prototype Frenchman—a national identity was modeled on his character. So great was his stamp, that few countries even now are quite so robustly patriotic as is France. Yet as Leonie Frieda reveals, Francis did not always live up to his ideal; a man of grand passions and vision, he was also a flawed husband, father, lover, and king.

With access to private archives that have never been used in a study of Francis I, Frieda explores the life of a man who was the most human of the monarchs of the period—and yet, remains the most elusive.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An outstanding first book by a newcomer to the ranks of English historians.” Paul Johnson, New York Times bestselling author
“Vivid and entertaining…a convincing human portrait against the backdrop of a brutal age.” Wall Street Journal on Catherine de Medici
“Though a figure of major importance, Francis has been forgotten against better known contemporaries…Frieda’s work helps restore him to history.” Kirkus Reviews
“With its engaging style and deft handling of complex events, this accomplished account of Catherine’s career is an engrossing tale, compellingly narrated.” Spectator on Catherine de Medici

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English