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Leonie Frieda (born 1956) is the daughter of Swedish aristocrats,[1] a former model, translator, and writer, working and living in the United Kingdom.

Educated in the UK, France and Germany, Frieda speaks five languages. Her first book was a biography of Catherine de' Medici. Published in the United Kingdom in 2004 and the United States in 2005, it became a bestseller. Frieda has also made documentaries for TV.

She lives in London with her two children by her former husband, music producer Nigel Frieda.

In 2005 Leonie Frieda was chosen by The Guardian newspaper to provide a list and outline of her choice of best biographies of historical figures as part of the newspaper's Top 10s section.[2]


  • Catherine de Medici: renaissance Queen of France (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004)
  • Deadly Sisterhood: A Story of Women, Power and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2012)
  • Francis I: The Maker of Modern France (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018)


  1. ^ Godwin, Richard (November 23, 2012). "London Evening Standard". Leonie Frieda: I should have died from the overdose that put me in a coma but it wasn't my time to go. Retrieved Sep 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "Leonie Frieda's top 10 biographies of historical figures". The Guardian. 15 February 2005. Retrieved 21 May 2012.

External linksEdit

Catherine de Medici - A biography. ISBN 1-84212-725-X - Website