Best known as Henry V's Agincourt bride from Shakespeare's Henry V, Catherine de Valois was an extraordinary woman of faith, courage, and conviction in an age of politically powerful women.
A younger daughter to King Charles VI of France terrorized by his mental illness, Princess Catherine survived the ravages of his schizophrenia, a civil war at home, and King Henry's war with France to become one of England's most fascinating and courageous queens. Her second marriage to Owen Tudor gave England a new dynasty through her grandson, King Henry VII.
Meet the real Catherine and discover the beautiful true story that launched the most famous dynasty in history.
©2014 Laurel A. Rockefeller (P)2015 Laurel A. Rockefeller
It's definitely one of my favourites. I'd say it's definitely up there with Laurel's book on Boudicca. I love how I knew nothing about this striking women, but after listening to this audiobook, I feel like I actually knew her!
I think it's definitely how Laurel shows what an out-spoken woman Catherine was for the time. It's clear by all the mens reactions that this was unheard of, but it comes across really well. I love how effortlessly it comes across that this is a woman not to be trifled with - a royal woman with a spine!
Yes, I've also listened to Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni. I loved his narration in that book, and I love it even more in this one! I love how effortlessly he can show emotions in his narration, it's different for every character; whether it's a woman, man or child. His voice changes perfectly to suit the tension levels.
One of my favourite parts of his narration was Mann's performance of Veni at the beginning and end of the book... the music is just so beautiful and moving. It's easy to get lost in it!
Yes, when the young Catherine stands up the the stranger-king of England. She doesn't know him, only of his reputation. It takes guts to do something like that and she does it without hesitation and without fear of consequences. I love how Laurel captures Catherine's character in this scene... Catherine has such a strong sense of morals and it really comes through when she's telling the king what's what. I'm surprised he didn't faint due to being spoken to like that! I found it quite refreshing.
I really like the way Rockefeller adds in the dates subtly in the narration. They don’t get in the way at all like they’ve been forced in, instead they flow really nicely and fit in perfectly. I think this is a really good idea, especially for kids, because it makes the book a little bit more educational for the young’uns. I think due to this you could even test them with a paper or something to make sure they’ve read it properly.
Story wise, I really appreciated the way the book comes across. With it being told like a story, and not knowing anything about Catherine, I really liked this because I could follow her history a lot better! I’m not being confused with a bunch of jargon, it’s explained simply and it’s entertaining at the same time.
Again, it’s a short book but it’s packed with facts and information. It’s the perfect length if you want to know about Catherine de Valois but don’t have a lot of time. I’d definitely recommend it.
This was a well-written, and very well researched book; great for children and adults alike who have an interest in history.
On top of that, Richard Mann's narration is fantastic; he really brings the characters to life. And the parts where he sings... WOW! I thought his narration was great, but his singing is beyond amazing.
Between the fantastic story the author has written, and the amazing job of the narrator, this was an exceptionally wonderful listening experience, and I would highly recommend it.
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
Richard Mann does a fine job of narrating this story of Catherine,the daughter of a king,wife of a king and the mother of another king.A very interesting short book to listen to."I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse dot com"
i prefer to read my books as opposed to listening to them, but i loved Mr Mann'a boice for this book.
to me it was all memorable. you can tell this author did her research before writing this book.
i loved the personality in his voice as well as the different characters
I loved this book. You can tell this author did her research and loves history. This story starts off with Margaret Beaufort and opens with her marrying Edmund Tudor. this is on Catherine de Valois' life and i find it utterly facinating. The voive narator for this book was the perfect match as well. I loved his voice and the changes per character.
"Interesting historical telling"
I loved this reading. The story kept me interested. This was a gift for review.
"A truly legendary Woman..."
This book is about a woman who wanted her beliefs instilled in her children over everything else. Love comes first! Doing what is right is the most important lesson in the world. The daughter of one king and married and widowed by another king, Catherine de Valois gave it all up for love. Her bravery and her honor was carried down to her children.
The author, Laurel A Rockefeller did a good job once again on this short story. Without even trying, the author shows us lessons learned in the past by one very wise woman. The narrator, Richard Mann did an excellent job on yet another flawless delivery of this short story. Even music is included in this book. Good job to all involved!
"A taste to get you hooked on history"
Note: Even though this is Book 2 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone.
Princess Catherine was daughter to France’s King Charles VI, who suffered from mental illness. During her lifetime, she knew the hardships of France’s civil war and England’s King Henry V’s repeated warring in France. Married off to King Henry, peace between the two countries lasted briefly. After King Henry V’s death, Catherine married a Welsh man, Owen Tudor.
Before giving this book a listen, I knew very little about Queen Catherine. This is a great way to get introduced to this historical figure. The author uses touches of drama here and there to bring this bit of history to life. Since this book is only 69 minutes long, only the highlights of Queen Catherine’s life are covered. However, it is apparent from the beginning that Catherine comes from a line of women known to speak their minds, whether they are speaking to a man or a woman, a peasant or royalty.
This book is classified as creative non-fiction by the author, a classification or genre that is new to me. With that said, the book reads like a historical fiction and is not dry like many straight histories are are. If folks are a bit intimidated by histories or historical fiction, this series of books is a great place to get started.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks!
The Narration: Once again, Richard Mann has a very nice voice to listen to. He even gives a little singing here and there as the book requires. He has distinct voices for all the characters, and a good range for the male voices. His female voices could use a touch more femininity.
"Great French woman who shaped English history."
Catherine de Valois (Legendary Woman of World History, #2) is a biography that does not read as a history lesson but instead as a good narrative of true events. Catherine de Valois marries King Henry V of England to put an end to the war between France and England in the early 1400's. She is the daughter to King Charles VI of France and Queen Isabeau of Bavaria, so Catherine provides the pedigree and means Henry needs to expand his empire. Catherine makes a great Queen of England who is up to the task of standing up to her husband, especially regarding her loyalties to France and seeking an end to the atrocities on her people. After Henry ignores Catherine's warnings not to invade France again and dies there, Catherine falls in love with Welshman Owen Tudor. I loved the relationship between the two, as well as the relationship she shared with her oldest son (with Henry), the future king of England.
I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by Richard Mann, who did an outstanding job. He performed at a good pace and provided distinct and consistent voices for all characters, young and old. Besides having his native British accent, he switched to a French accent seamlessly. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
"Catherine de Valois: An Extraordinary Woman"
I absolutely adore this series. CATHERINE DE VALOIS was an impeccably written historical bio that took me back to that period in time. It had a real feel to it that makes me a fan of Laurel Rockefeller for writing about these strong, important women. Her writing style is exceptional.
I love history and listening to this makes me want to learn more about the European women that were wives, mothers, and daughters to Kings and Queens as well as their heirs. This was an interesting piece that I would definitely recommend picking up. It's another gem.
Richard Mann is fantastic in this audiobook. His narration is bar none perfect for these historical bios. He makes a great good guy and also a great villain. Plus this has a bonus of him singing. He has a wonderful voice and I look forward to more from both in this series.
Audiobook received in exchange for an honest review.
"Delightful and educational:rare combo"
Clear and fascinating rendition of the life and times of a remarkable woman. Married once for politics and once for love, true to her loyalties to France and to her son, an English king. The tale is presented in a personable manner, thereby robbing it of the feeling of dry European history.
RM does a terrific audio performance which further enlivens the characters, including brief French carols. Well done!
"History CAN Be Fun!"
It's no secret that I have a weakness for European accents, and the voice actor for this story is superb! I'd read this book on my kindle, prior to listening to the audio version, and thought it was really good. The audio version is awesome!
The only other book I've ever read in this genre is Boudica, written and performed by the same dynamic duo, which was just as good. I mostly read paranormal romance and mysteries, so for a "creative historically accurate fiction " story to hold my interest is nothing short of amazing.
His voice, obviously. His crisp British accent and deep soothing tenor, make for a wonderful listening experience. He flows quite easily into a flawless French accent, when reading for the French royals, as they speak their native tongue. He switches between the soft tenor of the ladies, and the deep growling baritones of the men, with style.
A long time ago, on a continent far, far away...
Anyone interested in learning more about French and British history in the early 1400's, in an easy, fun way, should listen to this audio book. It's family-friendly and well done.
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