The Agincourt Bride

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007446988
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/03/2013
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 11,164
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Joanna Hickson spent twenty five years presenting and producing News and Arts programmes for the BBC. Her first published book was a children’s historical novel Rebellion at Orford Castle but more recently she has turned to adult fiction, concentrating on bringing fifteenth century English history and some of its fascinating principal characters to life.
She is married with a large family and gets inspiration from her Wiltshire farmhouse home, which dates back to her chosen period.

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The Agincourt Bride 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
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.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings What an epic book!  Starting with the narrator giving quite an intro and then the book completely jumps into the childhood of a princess who we all come to find out quickly will be influential in her country's future.  France is literally balancing on her shoulders. First, let me rave about how I loved the narrator and it was fantastic to read a book from this period from the perspective of a close maid who even spent nights in the Princess' rooms.  She had a unique perspective and she was able to use the Princess' unmailed letters to fill in the story - genius.  Of course there was drama, but there was also some fantastically intense scenes that just kept the book moving along and along.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was a very good read. Now I need to find the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great writing, like taking a trip back to the royal court.
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Highly forgettable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pleasantly surprised, this was the first book I read by Joanna Hickson. I have now read all of her books and am looking forward to her future work.
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