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Agnes Sorel: Mistress of Beauty by HRH Princess Michael of Kent
  

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The second in a trilogy chronicling the dynasty of Anjou in 15th century France. It follows the life and fortune of a handmaiden to the Queen and eventual mistress to Charles VII. She is pure, kind and virtuous! The history is extensive with a huge amount of description of the furnishing, trappings, jewellery, pastimes, fashion and finery of the courts and palaces of France with little suspense or drama until the very end which leads us neatly into the next book. Social history enthusiasts will love it although the writing is light, the chronological narrative is not.

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Synopsis

Agnes Sorel: Mistress of Beauty by HRH Princess Michael of Kent

The Queen of Four Kingdoms is dead. Agnes Sorel, her beautiful and innocent fourteen-year-old pupil, soon catches the attention of the mourning court. As a trusted confidant of the deceased Queen Yolande, Agnes captivates all whom she meets, but none more so than the newly crowned King of France, Charles VII. Employed as a demoiselle to his wife, Queen Marie d'Anjou, Agnes finds herself firmly ensconced in the royal court, and in the midst of her duties discovers a burgeoning passion for the King that she can no longer refuse or deny. As their relationship deepens and Agnes's influence over the King grows, she is viewed with suspicion by the court. Plagued by guilt but unable to rebuff the King's advances, Agnes is forced to choose between her love for Charles and her duty to herself. In this extraordinary novel, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent tells the little-known story of Agnes Sorel, the first royal mistress, and takes us into the heart of a woman who knew that the possession of knowledge proves to be the ultimate power. Praise for The Queen of Four Kingdoms: 'Meticulously researched and powerfully evoked.' Philippa Gregory 'Takes the reader to the heart of this glamorous, dangerous world, and holds them spellbound. I loved it.' Julian Fellowes 'Riveting ...spellbinding.' Mail on Sunday 'A page-turning blend of epic battles, betrayal, seduction and heroism.' Hello

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HRH Princess Michael of Kent brings alive the story of Agnes Sorel, a trusted confidant of the deceased Queen Yolande * The Kensington Magazine * ...part two of [Princess Michael's] historical trilogy set in the courts of 15th-century France is equally compelling * Hello! * This book is a must for lovers of historical fiction -- Alison Weir


About the Author

Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent is the author of four previous books: The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King, Crowned in a Far Country: Portraits of Eight Royal Brides,Cupid and the King: Five Royal Paramours, and The Queen of Four Kingdoms. For more than twenty-five years, Her Royal Highness has pursued a successful career lecturing on historical topics. She lives with her husband, Prince Michael of Kent, in Kensington Palace in London.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th November 2014

Author

HRH Princess Michael of Kent

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Publisher

Constable an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
304 pages

Categories

Historical fiction

ISBN

9781472119131

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