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 monarchA??Francis IA??who turned France into a great nation.
Catherine de MediciA??s father-in-law, King Francis of France, was the perfect Renaissance knight, the movementA??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 FrenchmanA??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 periodA??and yet, remains the most elusive.
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"Most Americans are not so familiar with French history; if they know Francis I at all, it's as the patron of Leonardo da Vinci. But this audiobook shows how he deliberately moved France into the Renaissance, setting it on the road to modernity. In an era of great leaders--his contemporaries were Henry VIII of England and Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire--Francis held his own. Historian Leonie Frieda does not conceal his flaws, but narrator Carole Boyd evokes compassion for the struggles even autocrats must face. She keeps the story lively and active, even though we know, for example, that Francis and his sons will, eventually, be released from imprisonment. D.M.H. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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