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- Publisher: Renaissance Editions (November 29, 2018)
- Publication Date: November 29, 2018
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- Language: English
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Anne and Louis: Passion and Politics in Early Renaissance France (Anne of Brittany Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"Gaston's elegant second addition to the Anne of Brittany series (after Anne and Charles) continues in 1498 with Anne and Louis building a life together after Charles's death--developing their marriage and personal ambitions as their alliances and conflicts with rivals play out. With smart characters and sweeping descriptions of Brittany, Gaston takes readers on a memorable adventure to the French Renaissance." --Publishers Weekly (July 15, 2019)
"Anne and Louis is a masterpiece that paints an extraordinary vision of its times, capturing the facets of a social and political milieu with historical accuracy and vibrant emotional resonance ... satisfying, educational, and hard to put down."--D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review (Oct. 2, 2018)
"A dramatically engrossing and historically searching tale about a powerful duchess."--Kirkus Reviews (Nov. 9, 2018)
"A lively, engaging story, rich with historical detail that brings the story of a forgotten queen to life. Reminiscent of Philippa Gregory and Jean Plaidy, Anne and Louis gives voice to Anne of Brittany, allowing her to step from the historical shadows and illuminating her as a determined and influential political figure, as well as a bright and devoted woman in her own right."--Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters (Nov. 1, 2018)
"Filled with strong women characters and jam-packed with history, Gaston gives us a lively narrative of an intelligent woman who diligently maintained the independence of her beloved duchy while navigating French politics during her marriage to King Louis XII."--Susan Abernethy, The Freelance History Writer
"An abundance of detail animates this unique and engaging time, and it's a treat to see a historical woman brought so richly to life."--Historical Novel Society
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While it is not necessary to read the first novel before reading this one, the beginning of her marriage to her second husband, Louis VII of France (he inherited the throne when King Charles died), is the focus of this novel. It begins with the information that Anne and Louis had been in love for many years, but had been unable to wed because he was married to another woman.
I won’t go into the details of his first marriage and the difficulties he had when he decided to annul this marriage. After the annulment, he wed Anne and thus she became Queen of France for the second time. Anne had had no troubles conceiving during her first marriage, but unfortunately all her several pregnancies but one ended in miscarriages and stillbirths. Her one child that survived infancy perished at the age of 2 years.
Gaston gives us more detailed information about the people in Anne’s court, especially the young woman who were her maids of honor. She took her role in their development very seriously, educating them until she felt they were fit to marry. When she decided to find a husband for her maidens, she conscientiously considered their personalities, interests and health before she made their match.
The book also introduces us to the future King Francois I of France as a child, along with his mother Louise of Savoy and sister Marguerite of Navarre. Anne desperately wanted the heir to the throne to be of her and Louis’ progeny and she felt that Louise was a mother who would do anything to see her son succeed to the throne.
The book ends shortly after the birth of Anne’s daughter Claude. While overjoyed to be the mother of a girl, France’s Salic Law prohibited women from ascending to the throne. Her husband Louis, and Francois’ mother Louise, happily discussed the marriage of their two children.
Anne, however, felt differently.
Like her other two books about the Court of Anne of Brittany, this book is very entertaining and well-written. In fact, I think this is the best novel that she’s written about this subject so far. It seems clear to me that she’d incorporated more information found through research (not an easy thing when writing about women during the 15th century).
The book also seemed more complex than the first about Anne. This is probably due to the fact that she participated more in the decisions Louis made as king, plus the fact that more information became available to her about some of the women in Anne’s court. I’m not sure if the conversations about marital intimacy in her court were as racy as depicted in the book, however, the writings of Christine de Pizan were almost certainly read by these women. Therefore, I’m willing to accept this artistic liberty.
I was also, as a fan of Tudor history since childhood, quite interested to “meet” Francis as a child and “witness” Claude’s birth.
All in all, I highly recommend this novel.
Picking up Anne's life after the death of her first husband, King Charles VIII of France, Anne soon winds up married to her late husband's cousin and successor, King Louis XII - a man she has admired since childhood. Even though the marriage is presented as a love match on both sides, Anne, is determined this time to ensure the independence of her home duchy of Brittany -- something she was unable to do with her first husband.
The problem with a love match however is that it's far less intriguing than, say, a more uneven and unpredictable relationship -- like the one Anne had with her first husband. That relationship helped make the first book in this series interesting. Also, the politics and warfare covered in this one - chiefly built around Louis's desire to conquer parts of Italy -- were not particularly engrossing to me. I'm also much more interested in the people, rather than the events. The result was that this novel didn't feel like it had all that much meat. And it ends VERY abruptly, without presenting much of a tease to pick up the third volume in this series.
Nevertheless, I will likely finish the series. After all, it's not everyday you meet a smart, strong Medieval woman who is also Queen of France twice over. I just can't say this is among the better historical novels I've read. Maybe Anne's life would have worked better with a two-novel approach.
“Anne and Louis,” written by Rozsa Gaston, plays out as an intelligent treatment of the lives of Louis XII of France and Anne of Brittany, with an emphasis on the latter.
Anne had been betrothed a number of times, but her two actual marriages brought her to the throne of France—both times. How that occurred is nicely told. One marriage proves much happier than the other. Was it the first to Charles VIII or the second, to Louis XII?
Anne’s court features an array of characters ranging from Anne and Louis, to her marriageable ladies-in-waiting, to visiting young gallants, to cardinals, to Cesare Borgia, and to Niccolò Machiavelli. Although tensions (and sometimes romance) break out among these, conflicts are generally mild.
The strongest story points concern Anne’s child-bearing performance and the game of thrones that is negotiated and executed within and behind the scenes. In Anne, Gaston unveils a dimensional character, one who sets her sights on goals and, despite setbacks, moves toward them.
Sometimes the speakers’ taglines come at the end of a speech, even a long sentence. Also, occasionally we jump from one character’s thoughts to another’s within the same scene. These quibbles aside, “Anne and Louis” is a well-written story.