The Agincourt Bride

Reading The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson made me really, really glad I didn’t live in the 15th Century. The conditions, even for a princess, were abysmal.
Hickson has done a masterful job of researching the time period. History unfolds through the eyes of a humble nursemaid who becomes the trusted companion of Catherine of Valois. Catherine was the daughter of King Charles VI and Queen Isabeau of France.
Catherine becomes a pawn in the chess game to rule France. In addition to her parents, the novel introduces us to various royal personages, none of whom are sympathetic figures. Catherine’s life revolves around one question. Will she be married off to King Henry V of England or won’t she?
The book is a long one, and some parts are not pleasant to read, but it is well worth the time.

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