I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. This book is set to release on the 8th of September.
The Queen of Four Kingdoms is dead. Agnès Sorel, her beautiful and innocent twenty-year-old maid of honour soon catches the attention of the mourning court. As a trusted confidant of the deceased Queen Yolande, and despite her shyness, Agnès captivates all whom she meets, but none more so than the King of France, Charles VII, twice her age.
Appointed a demoiselle to his wife, Queen Marie d’Anjou, Agnès finds herself firmly ensconced in the royal court, and in the midst of her duties slowly discovers a burgeoning love for the king that she can no longer refuse or deny. As their relationship deepens and Agnès’s gentle influence over the king is recognised, she is viewed with suspicion by the court. Plagued by guilt but unable to deny her feelings, Agnès is overwhelmed to find herself to be his first true love. Her emotion clouds her good sense and she embarks on a dangerous expedition that will prove her undoing.
In this extraordinary historical novel, Princess Michael of Kent tells the little-known story of Agnès Sorel, the first official royal mistress at the court of France. It was the king’s own mother-in-law, Queen Yolande who trained Agnès to help him once she was no more, to use her knowledge as much as her famous beauty, as the source of her power to guide him.
The book starts on a sad note. Queen Yolande d’Aragon is dead. Rene, the queens son (second), is the next heir to the throne and he was too late to make it back home to see her before she perished. Queen Isabelle of Lorraine, Rene’s wife, is sad to have left her home in Naples. But we find out that she has several children buried there and that is what most of her sadness is, along with leaving two children behind. Agnes is Isabelle’s confidante and her maiden. While Queen Isabelle busies herself with mingling with guests who had already arrived for the funeral, Agnes stands at the doors and points everyone in the right direction.
Rene’s younger brother, Charles, arrives and we learn of a few important things. Rene was off trying to overthrow their cousin and was trying to gain rule of Sicily back, which they rightfully should be ruling. His father and other brother had both died trying to accomplish this as well. Their mother, Queen Yolande, had been funding his war even though she never approved of it. She was in contact with each of her children: Renee, Charles and their sister Marie. Not one of them had been with her when she passed away.
This book tells the story of Agnes Sorel. When I read the description, I figured it was fiction and was a made up story. I didn’t realize until after I received the book and started reading it, that it is actually a biography. Even though I’m not a fan of biographies, I enjoyed reading this one and learning more. I will definitely be looking into the other books by the same author. This story of Agnes Sorel seems really personal and has more feelings in it versus all other biographies.
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