The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King

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Simon and Schuster, 13. sep. 2005 - 432 sider
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As a descendant of both Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers, and an insider who has seen her share of palace intrigues, no writer could be more equipped than Princess Michael of Kent to explore one of history's most fascinating royal love stories. Catherine de Medici was fourteen when she was bartered in marriage to France by her ambitious cousin, Pope Clement VII. Catherine fell in love with her future husband, Henri, at first sight. But Henri had eyes only for his mistress, the beautiful Diane de Poitiers, eighteen years his senior. Diane and Henri ruled as one, their intertwined monograms and signature black and white colours appearing on everything from royal proclamations to palace doorknobs. Catherine, despised at court, watched miserably as Henri became Dauphin and then King, each day growing more devoted to Diane. Only Henri's death at the age of forty-two ended his love for Diane and Catherine's long, agonizing 'hate and wait'. THE SERPENT AND THE MOON is peopled by the most illustrious figures of the time - including Henry VIII of England, Francois I, and Anne Boleyn. A ten-year labour of love from a uniquely qualified writer, this is a moving and personal love story as well as a richly woven history of an extraordinary time.
 

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I have many issues with this “objective” view on Diane and Catherine, but there are some positive points of the book I want to highlight. First of all it has abundant and relevant illustrations as ... Les hele vurderingen

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The Widow
148
Catherines New World
157
The Dauphin Is Dead
174
Emperor of Deceit
191
The Death of the Renaissance King
227
King Henri II
234
The Kings Mistress
257
ANET
286
A Delicate Domestic Balance
311
Henri II at War
326
A Cruel Fate
349
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Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent is the author of two previous books, Crowned in a Far Country: Portraits of Eight Royal Brides and Cupid and the King: Five Royal Paramours. For more than ten years, the Princess has pursued a successful career lecturing on historical topics. She lives with her husband, Prince Michael of Kent, in Kensington Palace in London and in their seventeenth-century manor house in Gloucestershire, England.

Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent is the author of two previous books, "Crowned in a Far Country: Portraits of Eight Royal Brides" and "Cupid and the King: Five Royal Paramours." For more than ten years, the Princess has pursued a successful career lecturing on historical topics. She lives with her husband, Prince Michael of Kent, in Kensington Palace in London and in their seventeenth-century manor house in Gloucestershire, England.

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