'A captivating biography ... This rollicking story is packed with
anecdotes' The Times Francis I was inconstant, amorous, hot-headed and
flawed. Yet he was also arguably the most significant king that France ever
had. This is his story. A contemporary of Henry VIII of England, Francis
saw himself as the first Renaissance king, a man who was the exemplar of
courtly and civilised behaviour throughout Europe. A courageous and heroic
warrior, he was also a keen aesthete, an accomplished diplomat and an
energetic ruler who turned his country into a force to be reckoned with.
Yet he was also capricious, vain and arrogant, taking hugely unnecessary
risks, at least one of which nearly resulted in the end of his kingdom. His
great feud with his nemesis Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, defined
European diplomacy and sovereignty, but his notorious alliance with the
great Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Magnificent threatened to destroy
everything. With access to never-before-seen private archives, Leonie
Frieda's comprehensive and sympathetic account explores the life of the
most human of all Renaissance monarchs - and the most enigmatic.

Leonie Frieda—Francis I - The Maker Of Modern France

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