Are you between 5 and 25? If so, enter the Wicked Young Writer Awards NOW - click here for details...

debuts of the month books of the month
Search our site
Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley Read the opening extract of the brand new Lucy Foley book before its publication on 19/03/2018

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

Agnes Sorel: Mistress of Beauty

Historical Fiction   eBook Favourites   

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

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.

If you like HRH Princess Michael of Kent you might also like to read books by Joanna Hickson, Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

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).

Reviews

'Takes the reader to the heart of this glamorous, dangerous world, and holds them spellbound. I loved it.' Julian Fellowes, creator, Downton Abbey, on The Queen of Four Kingdoms


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.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

5th March 2015

Author

HRH Princess Michael of Kent

More books by HRH Princess Michael of Kent
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Constable an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
eBook Favourites

Historical fiction

ISBN

9781472119056

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!

Lindsay

I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters

The selections are so varied and the reader reviews are so helpful. A fantastic website for those who love books.

Ann Quintilla

It's information about new books so, for a book lover like me, what's not to like!

Joan Hill

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

Lovereading is pitched at just the right level for all the various types of people who enjoy reading in its many forms.

Pam Woodburn

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools