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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