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- Book 1 of 2 in Catherine de Valois
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Praise for Joanna Hickson
‘Thoroughly engrossing’ The Lady
A gripping and emotional story’ Woman
‘Joanna Hickson’s writing is superb’ Shropshire Post
‘You’ll love The Tudor Bride…a thrilling story’ Take a Break--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Joanna Hickson spent twenty five years presenting and producing News and Arts programmes for the BBC. Her first published book was a children’s historical novel Rebellion at Orford Castle but more recently she has turned to adult fiction, concentrating on bringing fifteenth century English history and some of its fascinating principal characters to life.
She is married with a large family and gets inspiration from her Wiltshire farmhouse home, which dates back to her chosen period.
- ASIN : B008IWSX5Q
- Publisher : HarperCollins (January 3, 2013)
- Publication date : January 3, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1646 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 593 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #301,872 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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As a story, it is well written and interesting. The language and the pace of the story is good. The characters develop in a natural way, and you get to know them well which makes the reader feel a part of the story.
It is a thoroughly good historic novel. However, if you are looking to learn about Catherine of Valois, you should find something else. The author has taken quite a few generous liberties, and disregards the latest discoveries about her life and her relationship with her mother. So, read it for what it is - a story built around historic events and people.
Instead of telling the story through Catherine's own eyes, or even that of Henry's or any other aristocrat, Hickson wisely chooses to tell Catherine's story through the eyes of her trusted confidante Guilliamette, aka Mette. Starting as Catherine's wet-nurse after the early death of her own newborn, Mette continues on through long years to remain close to the princess and to events at the court. While each woman is a product of the age in which they live (e.g. neither is a feminist, or warrior--neither can escape the experience of ugly personal physical abuse at the hands of vile males), yet each manage to move past this experience, and all the need to survive in an ever-changing maelstrom of fortune and disfavor. Both Mette and Catherine manage to carve out rich and rewarding lives for themselves.
Mette may be the narrator--and a very good one she is--but this is Catherine's story. After spending her early childhood in a convent, Catherine then becomes a pawn. waved in front of the invading Henry V as a potential bride, while the French courtiers decided whether or not placate the English or not. When Catherine first meets Henry, she is taken with him (more than she thought she would be) and he is obviously also pleased with her. Finally they marry as part of a treaty. But this is not a love story. Catherine is no wispy heroine, overcome with desire for the man who will end forever her family's right to rule as monarchs of France (except now through any sons she may bear him). She expects some contentment in the marriage, especially as it turns out her brother, the Dauphin and heir to the French throne, now considers Catherine a traitor forever. But, in fact, the early weeks of marriage are not happy ones.
But with the advice and assistance of her loyal Mette, Catherine carves out a satisfying beginning as Queen of England and wife to Henry V.
Oh yes--and somewhere near the end of this book, Owen Tudor makes his appearance. As yet, all Catherine knows of him is that he is a marvelous Welsh singer, whose music stirs a romantic spark in her husband's soul and brings their first marital happiness.
Hickson plans to carry the story of Catherine further along. It will be worthwhile.
Top reviews from other countries
Joanna Hickson portrays her as a child, then woman, who was manipulated by those around her for political purposes but who managed to rise above it only to have it end tragically but you have to read the second book, The Tudor Bride, for that part of the story.
I could easily believe that royal children were merely pawns in the game, to be used or discarded at will. Catherine was lucky that she had a devoted servant to help steer her through various trials and tribulations.
I was surprised at the abrupt ending, and even more surprised when I checked the length of the book and saw that it was many more pages than I had thought (559). I'll have to look out for the sequel, to find out what happened next.
Maybe this is me just not enjoying historical fiction but I can't help but think there must be better books of the same genre!