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The Agincourt Bride by [Hickson, Joanna]
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Praise for Joanna Hickson

‘Thoroughly engrossing’ The Lady

A gripping and emotional story’ Woman

‘Joanna Hickson’s writing is superb’ Shropshire Post

‘You’ll love The Tudor Bride…a thrilling story’ Take a Break

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1566 KB
  • Print Length: 593 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IWSX5Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 188 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
Catherine of Valois is one of the most intriguing of medieval queens. Largely drawing on knowledge gleaned from Shakespeare's Henry V, Catherine was an important (although not necessarily the most important) component of the peace settlement between France and England after the English victory at Agincourt in 1415 which left much of the French nobility dead on the field. How would a young girl deal with being married off to a king that had brought her country to its knees, effectively robbing her own brother of his royal inheritance? In The Agincourt Bride, Joanna Hickson takes just such a look and reveals a far more complicated and remarkable, even shocking, story, brought to life with a prose that is so light and full of feeling that it almost dances across the page.

At the heart of the novel is Catherine and her wetnurse Mette. Recently delivered of a stillborn son while still a child herself, Mette had been removed from her home and placed in the royal household as wet nurse to baby Catherine, the tenth child of a mad king and a proud, bitter queen. Neglected and almost forgotten, Catherine grows to love her surrogate mother Mette to the extent that she can never be without her again, however much the queen and her agents seek to keep them apart. For as soon as the princess is of an age to be useful she becomes a pawn, caught in the petty wars between members of the House of Valois, dividing Catherine from her brothers and sisters, and placing her in the utmost danger, not least at the hands of John the Fearless, the Duke of Burgundy and a monster. No wonder, then, that the often promised but frequently withdrawn hope of a marriage to Henry V offers the tantalising chance of an escape to the brave, loyal and vulnerable Catherine.
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By Brett H TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jan. 2013
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This is an account of the early life of Catherine de Valois, wife - if rather briefly - of Henry V, the warrior Lancastrian king who won back much of Edward III's empire in France. The story is told by the woman who was her wet nurse and became her Mistress of the Wardrobe when she grew up, Guillaumette or Mette for short.

The tales of Catherine's very early life are intertwined with those of the other royal children, but particularly her youngest brother Charles, who by various twists of fate becomes the Dauphin despite being the fourth son born to the House of Valois. It is quite hard to believe that any royal children would be treated in the way that the author catalogues Catherine's upbringing, even if born to a woman as careless as she would have us believe Queen Isabeau was.

We hear very little of Catherine subsequently, in the years she spent at the Convent at Poissy, but she reappears as a girl aged 13 to be used as a pawn in order to seal a peace treaty with England. The remainder of the book traces the following period of about six years, finally leading up to her marriage and arrival in England for her coronation. And there it ends, quite abruptly, in 1421.

Joanna Hickson draws her characters convincingly and the reader warms to Mette, the narrator, as a sensible, kind hearted and loyal substitute mother for the young Catherine. The mad king of France is also well drawn which helps us to understand how the country was overrun by the English with such a leader. However, the novel feels over drawn out in the years between Agincourt and Catherine's marriage and at times does verge on the tedious.
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I really enjoyed this book. It is the story of Catherine of Valois from her birth until her marriage to Henry V. I had read nothing of Catherine's early life and nor had I read of French politics at that time. The story is told through the eyes of Mette who was Catherine's nursemaid from birth. The life of the French both royal and common at that time is well and vividly described sometimes a bit too graphically. It is difficult to separate fact from fiction as the tale is told seamlessly. It is compellingly told and gripped me from page 1. I really had to finish it but yet there was much to feel sad about. Perhaps it helps to explain Catherine's behaviour in her marriage. If I have any criticism it was that I found French politics a little confusing at times but I think it was a very chaotic time. As a debut novel I cannot praise the author highly enough and look forward to reading further works from her
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By Mrs. C. Swarfield TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jan. 2013
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This book engaged me from the first page - and l could not wait to pick it up and continue
reading. If like me you are a fan of Phillipa Gregory then you will absolutely adore this.

Fate plays a big part in the life of Mette who by pure chance becomes a wet nurse to a new
born princess after the still birth of her own baby boy. The baby princess is Catherine
whose father is a mad king and her mother is a very bitter and proud queen. As the tenth
child of the marriage Catherine is forgotten and neglected by her parents and Mette becomes
so indespensable to Catherine that she refuses to be parted from her no matter how hard
outside forces conspire to keep them apart.

Without giving away to much of the plot this is a beautifully written book with such
an abrupt ending I cannot wait for the sequel.

Historical fiction at its best - read and enjoy.
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