Leonie Frieda

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.[citation needed]


  • 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.

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