The Queen of Four Kingdoms is dead. Agnès Sorel, her beautiful and innocent twenty-year-old maid of honour soon catches the attention of the mourning court. As a trusted confidant of the deceased Queen Yolande, and despite her shyness, Agnès captivates all whom she meets, but none more so than the King of France, Charles VII, twice her age.
Appointed a demoiselle to his wife, Queen Marie d’Anjou, Agnès finds herself firmly ensconced in the royal court, and in the midst of her duties slowly discovers a burgeoning love for the king that she can no longer refuse or deny. As their relationship deepens and Agnès’s gentle influence over the king is recognised, she is viewed with suspicion by the court. Plagued by guilt but unable to deny her feelings, Agnès is overwhelmed to find herself to be his first true love. Her emotion clouds her good sense and she embarks on a dangerous expedition that will prove her undoing.
In this extraordinary historical novel, Princess Michael of Kent tells the little-known story of Agnès Sorel, the first official royal mistress at the court of France. It was the king’s own mother-in-law, Queen Yolande who trained Agnès to help him once she was no more, to use her knowledge as much as her famous beauty, as the source of her power to guide him.
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HRH Princess Michael of Kent is the wife of the Queen of England's first cousin, HRH Prince Michael of Kent. Born in Bohemia, the Princess descends from ancient European aristocratic houses on both sides of her family. With so much history in her personal background, she was ideally suited to write three history books, all best sellers, and translated worldwide. It was the success of these two books that began Princess Michael's lecturing career. Her Royal Highness subsequently completed a further historical biography of Diane de Poitiers entitled The Serpent and the Moon. This book, like the others, has been translated into many languages and won the prestigious Prix L'Histoire in 2005 which was presented by the French Minister of Culture. Prince and Princess Michael lives at Kensington Palace in London with their black Labrador and her Siamese and Burmese cats.Review:
This book is a must for lovers of historical fiction
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