The French Renaissance Court by Robert J. Knecht

Knecht is an expert scholar in French Renaissance history and my go to man to verify any disputed facts. He has written a number of superb books on the period, but this one is jam packed with facts about the court and its customs.

Catherine de Medici Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda

Frieda gives an extraordinary and balanced account of the life of Catherine de Medici who has been much maligned in history. An excellent biography.

The Elixir and the Stone by Michael Baigent & Richard Leigh

The whole are of Hermeticism is very difficult to unravel.  This very user-friendly book puts the history into context and also shows how such philosophies have shaped our modern world. If you are interested in the occult - this book is for you.

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