Amid the disapproving gossip of the Court, a royal romance defies all obstacles.
On Sale: July 25, 2006
Featuring: Diane de Poitiers; Henri; Catherine de Medici
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Historical | Fiction
The Court of FranĂ§ois I is full of lust, intrigue, and bawdy
bon tempsâ€”a different world from the quiet country life
Diane de Poitiers led with her elderly husband. Now a widow,
the elegant Diane is called back to Court, where the Kingâ€™s
obvious interest marks her as an enemy to the Kingâ€™s
favourite, Anne dâ€™Heilly. The Court is soon electrified by
rumors of their confrontations. As Anne calls on her most
venomous tricks to drive Diane away, Diane finds an ally in
the one member of Court with no allegiance to the Kingâ€™s
mistress: his teenage second son, Henri.
Neglected by his father and disliked by his brothers, Prince
Henri expects little from his life. But as his friendship
with Diane deepens into infatuation and then a romance that
scandalizes the Court, the Prince begins to discover hope
for a future with Diane. But fate and his father have other
plans for Henriâ€”including a political marriage with
Catherine de Medici. Despite daunting obstacles, Henriâ€™s
devotion to Diane never wanes; their passion becomes one of
the most legendary romances in the history of France.
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