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Founder of The Tudor Dynasty,
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I first became aware of Catherine de Valois as an historic figure through William Shakespeare's Henry V. She left quite a legacy in the fact that she was the daughter of King Charles VI of France and wife to Henry V of England. Catherine was also the mother of Henry VI of England, and through her secret marriage with Owen Tudor, the grandmother of Henry VII, establishing her as the Queen who founded the Tudor dynasty.
However, the story is not told through the eyes of Catherine de Valois, but told by her wet nurse turned Mistress of the Robes, Mette. It shows the life in a royal household in interesting detail. Joanna Hickson does an admirable job of describing the lives of the "real" people of those times too and not just the aristocracy.
Some of the events and tragedies that haunt Catherine are viewed through the maternal eye of Mette, but although I am no expert on the life of Catherine De Valois, some are probably "enlarged" for dramatic and artistic purposes. Mette almost seems to idolise Catherine and places her on a pedestal to a degree. Henry V only appears towards the end of the book, but his influence is felt at other times.
Hickson gives a good representation of Henry V and I cannot help but compare him to Shakespeare's legendary portrayal of Prince Hall and reformed Henry V, but also the real Henry of history. A good book, there is a sequel coming out and I shall most likely look into getting it depending on other's reviews...