The epic story of the queen who founded the Tudor dynasty, told through the eyes of her loyal nursemaid. Perfect for fans of Philipa Gregory.
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?
"The sense of period is terrific - filled with characters about whom I cared enormously." (Barbara Erskine)
"Superb…a real find." (The Bookseller)
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I choose a historical novel for it's history in a living setting. I have read many such books - fabulous ones. This cannot be called historical. The entire tone of the books is modern through and through with some historical events and some period details. Having a modern feminist thinker protagonist in medieval europe didn't sit well. I became increasingly irritated with the lack of historical value and the anachronistic writing so that I could not finish beyond 1/4th of the book. I am sorry to have wasted the money and time.
The narrator did a fine job.
Oh...I hope this is just the beginning of a series