Madame Serpent: A Catherine de' Medici Novel

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Fourteen-year-old Catherine de’ Medici arrives in Marseilles to marry Henry, Duke of Orleans, second son of the King of France. The brokenhearted Catherine has left her true love in Italy, forced into trading her future happiness for marriage into the French royal family.

Amid the glittering fêtes and banquets of the most immoral court in sixteenth-century Europe, the reluctant bride becomes a passionate but unwanted wife. Humiliated and unloved, Catherine spies on Henry and his...

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Overview

Fourteen-year-old Catherine de’ Medici arrives in Marseilles to marry Henry, Duke of Orleans, second son of the King of France. The brokenhearted Catherine has left her true love in Italy, forced into trading her future happiness for marriage into the French royal family.

Amid the glittering fêtes and banquets of the most immoral court in sixteenth-century Europe, the reluctant bride becomes a passionate but unwanted wife. Humiliated and unloved, Catherine spies on Henry and his lover, the infamous Diane de Poitiers. Tortured by what she sees, Catherine becomes consumed by a ruthless ambition destined to make her the most despised woman in France: the dream that one day the French crown will be worn by a Medici heir. . . .

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Publishers Weekly
Though Plaidy (a pseudonym of the late Eleanor Hibbert) is widely considered to have been one of the pre-eminent writers of historical novels, this reprint of the first in her bestselling Catherine de Medici trilogy may prove too lacking in action for contemporary genre enthusiasts. Young Catherine leaves Italy for the French court to marry Henry of Orléans, only to discover that her beloved husband is desperately in love with his mistress, the manipulative Diane de Poitiers. As Diane orchestrates everything Henry does—including when he sees his young wife—Catherine is driven to bitterness and fury, and Henry neglects his duty to produce an heir. The royal couple finally has children, and Henry takes the throne as King Henry II. However, Catherine’s struggles persist, as Diane is constantly given priority, to the extent that visitors kiss Diane’s hand before the queen’s. Aware of the tenuousness of her situation, and driven by the desire to see one of her children inherit the throne, Catherine must bide her time for revenge. Agent: Elizabeth Winick, McIntosh & Otis Inc. (July)
Chicago Sunday Tribune
"Seldom has a character been brought to life with such clarity."
The Free Lance-Star
"Plaidy has crafted a compelling narrative, full of historical detail and fascinating characters. She is credited with resurrecting the historical novel as a genre, and Madame Serpent shows why."
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"Seldom has a character been brought to life with such clarity."

"Plaidy has crafted a compelling narrative, full of historical detail and fascinating characters. She is credited with resurrecting the historical novel as a genre, and Madame Serpent shows why."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451686203
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 262,442
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Plaidy one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Good Book

    I'm a fan of Jean Plaidy and over the years I've read most of her books. I just finished this book (hardcover) and I'm looking forward to reading the continuing story of Catherine which I plan to get on Nook. Too bad Catherine's entire story wasn't written in one book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Recommend

    A very enjoyable historical fiction. Enough facts to give you a better understanding of the times. I will be trying some more of Jean Plaidly's works.

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