Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson




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The epic story of the queen who founded the Tudor dynasty,
told through the eyes of her loyal nursemaid.
Her beauty fuelled a war.
Her courage captured a king.
Her passion would launch the Tudor dynasty.

When her own first child is tragically still-born, the young Mette is pressed into service as a wet-nurse at the court of the mad king, Charles VI of France. Her young charge is the princess, Catherine de Valois, caught up in the turbulence and chaos of life at court.

Mette and the child forge a bond, one that transcends Mette’s lowly position.
But as Catherine approaches womanhood, her unique position seals her fate as a pawn between two powerful dynasties. Her brother, The Dauphin and the dark and sinister, Duke of Burgundy will both use Catherine to further the cause of France.
Catherine is powerless to stop them, but with the French defeat at the Battle of Agincourt, the tables turn and suddenly her currency has never been higher. But can Mette protect Catherine from forces at court who seek to harm her or will her loyalty to Catherine place her in even greater danger?

Review
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The Bride of Agincourt is a biographical novel about the life of Catherine of Valois and highlights the events of the battles for and surrounding Agincourt, France. The story is told through the first person narrative of Guilliamette, also known as “Mette” who enters Catherine’s life as a wet nurse after the death of her firstborn. Mette becomes enchanted with Catherine and a strong bond that will last their entire lives is born. The novel portrays the journey and struggles each woman faces because of their rank and circumstances, bringing to life the social standards and expectations for women during the early 15th century.
From the days of her childhood, to her marriage to Henry V, to her love affair with Owen Tudor, Mette tells the secrets of Catherine’s life. She highlights Catherine’s wisdom and intelligence, as well as her beauty and social skills. Of course, there are a few love stories intertwined to keep the reader entertained.
With plenty of intrigue, scandals, and courtly machinations, there is plenty to laud about this finely written tale. Never boring and highly engaging, this is one tale of Catherine de Valois’ life not to miss! Highly recommended.