Finished it!

Madame Serpent - Jean Plaidy

So my first book of 2016 was a cracker. 


I first read Jean Plaidy's books as a teenager and they have given me a lifelong love of European history. 


Her books about Catherine de Medici were written in the 1950s, and they are very firmly in the 'crazy lady with a penchant for poison' category. More recent novelists and historians have treated Catherine a little more kindly. 


But no matter whose version you believe, there is no doubt Catherine was one hell of a woman. And Madame Serpent is a great interpretation of her childhood in Italy, and her life as Queen of France.