Catherine de Valois, daughter of the French king, is brought up in the unstable environment of the royal court, where her only friend is the poet Christine de Pizana. Married to Henry V as part of a treaty, she is terrified at the idea of being married to a man who is a foreigner - an enemy and a rough soldier. Within two years she is widowed, and mother of the future king of England and France.
Caught between warring factions, she has to find her own way, if only for the sake of her baby son....
©2010 Vanora Bennet (P)2010 Oakhill Publishing
"A page-turning story, successfully evoking the atmosphere of intrigue and fear that beset the times." (Daily Mail)
This book is easy to follow and never leaves you thinking how much more is left.
The narrator Lucy Scott brings all the distinctive qualities of each individual portrayed to life. Each personality is easily recognised, with their individual spirits shinning through. On one or two occasions it appears that Vanora Bennett skims over historical facts by simply listing them in chronological order. Personally I could not see the point in these lists but my personal preference is more towards individual personalities than historical facts - which this book has oodles of. Well worth a listen.
This is a long book but justified. If you like Phillipa Gregory you may like this. It's well researched and a good underlying story. If you need an audio book that lasts, holds your interest in the story and involves history than you will not be disappointed
I thought this was a good listen. Lucy Scott did a good narrated job. Though I think my wife would have enjoyed it more than I. I liked the characters, though I did feel some went missing at times. Would have been a good movie back in the romantic days. A book with romance, betrayal, brutality and compassion. It was relaxing. Particularly after some of the scary brutality of some of the medieval books I have been reading/listening to lately. Worth a look for sure.
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