The epic story of the queen who founded the Tudor dynasty, told through the eyes of her loyal nursemaid. Perfect for fans of Philipa Gregory.
Her beauty fuelled a war. Her courage captured a king. Her passion would launch the Tudor dynasty.
When her own first child is tragically still-born, the young Mette is pressed into service as a wet-nurse at the court of the mad king, Charles VI of France. Her young charge is the princess, Catherine de Valois, caught up in the turbulence and chaos of life at court. Mette and the child forge a bond, one that transcends Mette’s lowly position.
But as Catherine approaches womanhood, her unique position seals her fate as a pawn between two powerful dynasties. Her brother, The Dauphin and the dark and sinister, Duke of Burgundy will both use Catherine to further the cause of France. Catherine is powerless to stop them, but with the French defeat at the Battle of Agincourt, the tables turn and suddenly her currency has never been higher. But can Mette protect Catherine from forces at court who seek to harm her or will her loyalty to Catherine place her in even greater danger?
©2013 Joanna Hickson (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"The sense of period is terrific - filled with characters about whom I cared enormously." (Barbara Erskine)
"Superb…a real find." (The Bookseller)
I choose a historical novel for it's history in a living setting. I have read many such books - fabulous ones. This cannot be called historical. The entire tone of the books is modern through and through with some historical events and some period details. Having a modern feminist thinker protagonist in medieval europe didn't sit well. I became increasingly irritated with the lack of historical value and the anachronistic writing so that I could not finish beyond 1/4th of the book. I am sorry to have wasted the money and time.
The narrator did a fine job.
The Agincourt Bride was fascinating and I was totally absorbed. There was a perfect mix of historical information and fiction to give the book life. The narrator was enchanting and I will look for more titles narrated by her. I thought the book was well researched and well written. I hope it ended the way it did because a second book is in the works.
Refreshing, endearing, enjoyable
When Mette's first baby died and she because a wet nurse to the future queen
When future queen Catherine de Valois reassures her fragile & frightened father that he's safe with her because she knows he's made of glass & can break
I'm not sure that any particular part moved me, but I didn't skip any parts (and wasn't tempted to). I thoroughly enjoyed the story from beginning to end, even the brutal parts where rape, neglect, and starvation of the royal children occurs; which I think in part is due to the performer who kept an even telling of the story (much thanks for this).
Telling the story from the perspective of the wet nurse, interweaving the never posted & private letters of Catherine was brilliant & fresh. The story was seamless and cohesive, and I look forward to The Tudor Queen.
I love historical novels, and have read many of them, including many in audiobook format. I don't often go to the trouble of writing a review, but this book is a gem. Joanna Hickson swept me along with wonderful insight into her characters, and really made me care about their fates. Her writing is delightful and engrossing. Highly recommended. I am also happy to note that apparently Ms. Hickson has written a sequel to this book ("The Tudor Bride")-- which is due to be released in January of 2014 and which I hope will be listed on Audible for all of us who, like me, can't wait to find out what happens next to Catherine of Valois, the heroine of this book, after her wedding to Henry V of England--which is where this book ends. Onward to Henry's death (not that I don't regret his untimely, early demise) and Catherine's love affair with a Tudor !!
Sara R Clifton
Yes I probably would. I loved the narration and mostly enjoyed the story.
The Battle of Agincourt description.
The bond between Giomette and Catherine.
The birth-scene of Elise's daughter.
The wedding planning and wedding between Catherine and Henry.
The scene in the glen when they have Owen play the harp and then King Henry plays for Catherine.
Yes. I really wish that was possible sometimes!
I felt like the last chapter was very rushed but other than that I really loved the book.
Engaging, beautiful, and addictive
"The White Queen," "Lady of the Rivers," and "The Queen's Fool." Mostly due to the prose and era. The Narrator rivals Bianca Amato, beautiful voice.
Too hard to say, the entire book was like velvet.
Wouldn't. The title was perfect
It usually takes me a few chapters to get into a book, even a really good book. This book (equally due to the writing and narration) had me hooked in minutes, I found myself finding reasons to listen it is such an amazing book
Agincourt Bride was well written and I loved the reader.
Red Queen/White Queen Very much like the Philipa Gregory Books. Can't wait to see what comes next!
I really enjoyed learning about Princess Catherine. I have read extensively about both French and English royalty, but have never been able to find either a non-fiction or fiction book about Henry V's queen. I really enjoy reading about medieval queens, and even though this is a novel and written from the point of view of another character I found the story to be fascinating and enchanting. I wish the story had continued on to cover more of her life.
I enjoyed the detail of the story. While the dialogue and interactions were of course invented by the author, they seemed realistic. The historical events were true to history as were the historical characters. The fictional characters seemed to fit in seamlessly.
Catherine Harvey's performance was splendid. She brought the story and the characters to life. I really appreciated her narration, her tone, and her accent.
I would want to have a meal with Queen Catherine. Her perspective would be unique.
I suggest that anyone interested in medieval European history read this book. It is a novel and you must keep that in mind. However it is well written and narrated and is a great leisure listen.
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
Not really. There's a market for this kind of implausible historical fiction.....I guess.
She narrates well, giving Catherine, in particular, a believable dimension.
Again, not really. I thought it would be more about Agincourt and Catherine, not some wet nurse-cum-wardrobe mistress with no morals at all. She leaves her babies with her mother to take care of an almost grown woman. No wonder she was a grandma before age 30, like a contemporary hood rat. The class distinctions of the era would have prevented a person of her class to get anywhere near the courts of France much less having a one-on-one with the King of England. If the wet nurse had been a gentlewoman or a lady-in-waiting telling the story, I would have like it more
If you really don't care about the believability of your historical fiction, you might enjoy this. It's well-written for the unenlightened and is not a total waste of time. Try it, you might like it. I've listened to much better books in this genre.
"Couldn't put it down"
Mette, for the empathy vote, poor person made good with wisdom and compassion thrown in
Yes, very good.
Yes, when Mette discovered that her husband had not survived.
Very good book. I felt transported to the Middle Ages. Loved it.
"Great book - shame it finishes so early!"
I really enjoyed reading this book - it has detailed coverage of Katherine of Valois early life in France & goes up to Agincourt. Wanted it to continue to cover Henry V death, her widowhood & her subsequent affair/marriage with Owen Tudor & am hoping there is a Part 2 as it is leaving me hanging a bit. Worth a read though despite this although if you want a complete history, it's worth reading Vanora Bennett's Blood Royal which covers all of Katherine's life.
"Oh please. Spare me the melodrama"
This book is typical of so many historical novels I have read in the past. That is to say full of silly romantic notions about the heroine. melodramatic and sweet with heart stopping beauty and a honey dew nature with a steely determination to 'do the right thing' in the end. Probably none of that is true of Catherine the heroine of this book but since we'll never know who can say? There are otehr stereotypes besides this one which are highlighted by that of Princess catherine's sweet nature and that of ehr servant. It's stodgey in places and overdoes the romance. It's kind of like the author has fallen in love with ehr character which is wrong but it happens. Having said that the book isn't that bad really. I mean, it's well enough written. Plenty of variance of language and vocabulary which is good. I think if you like your heroines gushing and mild mannered with the men in your books nasty and ugly and all the rest you'll like this. not sure about the research as history is not my subject.
Now for a word about the narator. I don't know what it is about catherine Harvey's style of delivery but it grated on me. She uses plenty of inflection but somehow it doesn't feel right. Still again I've heard worse. Have a go at this one if you like historical romance, steer well clear of it if you do not.
"The Agincourt Bride"
One of the top
Everything - her narration was excellent and added much to the storyline
Could hardly stop listening. I listen to audiobooks in the night in an effort to send me to sleep, but found that I couldn't stop listening. Kept saying to myself, 'one more chapter' until I found I was at the end of the book. Loved it.
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