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Eepens 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 Henri including a political marriage with Catherine de Medici Despite daunting obstacles Henri’s devotion to Diane never wanes; their passion becomes one of the most legendary romances in the history of Franc. This is one of the all time great love stories This was the most moving book that I have read in a long time I laughed longed and cried Catherine de Medici never had a chance This story has everything romance politics and history Great book that I couldn t put down

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Courtesan

Amid the disapproving gossip of the Court a royal romance defies all obstaclesThe Court of François I is full of lust intrigue and bawdy bon temps a different world from the uiet country life Diane de Poitiers led with her elderly husband Now a widow the elegant Diane is called back to Court where the King’s obvious interest marks her as an enemy to the King’s favourite Anne d. I am a historical fiction junkie I particularly enjoy novels set in the Medieval and Rennaissance period I have always been fascinated by Diane de Poitiers and made sure to visit Chenonceaux when I was in France Thus I was very excited to come across this novel This novel does a great job painting a picture of court life particularly of the debauchery during the raine of Francois I Diane Haeyer s characterization of Anne d Heilly Duchesse d Etampes seems uite accurate compared to non fiction I have read from the period The author s descriptions of Catherine de Medici also seem faithful and rooted in fact except for I do not think it is true that Diane de Poitiers wore the same dress as Catherine to Catherine s coronation I also think that it is possible that ueen Catherine and Montncy conspired to interest the King in Lady Fleming to unseat Catherine That said these are my main issues 1 The author s thesis is that Diane de France is the child of Henri II and Diane de Poitiers and not the child of another woman The author s explanation for why Diane de Poitiers would pretend not to be the mother of Diane de France does not make sense From what I know of the time it was not uncommon for royal mistresses to have children and if anything it seems that Diane s position would be strengthened by having a child with Henri at a time when Catherine de Medici was considered to be barren I m not saying that it is impossible that Diane de France is Diane and Henri s child why name the child Diane for example it seems like Henri would be rubbing his liaison with Philippa Duca in Diane de Poitiers face in choosing that name but I feel like a better reason is needed to take the minority position as to Diane de France s parentage 2 The author is overly sympathetic to Diane She tries to paint her as this unassuming not greedy person who did not ask for the power and riches that Henri lavished upon her This does not seem true to me After all to be favourite was a coveted position Further Henri and Diane were very cruel to Catherine de Medici 3 There is no evidence that Diane and Henri had a sexual relationship when Henri was 14 and Diane 33 And even if it was true the author presents it as sweetly romantic when really it is disgusting At the time of course girls at 14 were routinely married to men in their 30s or older case in point Elisabeth de Valois who was married to Phillip II of Spain after the treaty of Cateau Cambresis but it was not common for the reverse to be true Further if they really were involved at such a young age it seems to undermine the author s depiction of Diane as not greedy for power or riches Instead the likely conclusion is that Diane took advantage of Henri to forward her own personal interests Despite these shortcomings I enjoyed the novel and I would read another Diane Haeger book as long as the title isn t embarassing I read on my commute

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’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 King’s mistress his teenage second son HenriNeglected by his father and disliked by his brothers Prince Henri expects little from his life But as his friendship with Diane d. comme je te manue comme je t adoreBeautifully written although I skipped the last 20 pages just to finish the book not a grand ending but well I did know the ending that s the charm of historical novels I would describe Henri Diane s love as codependency D I read somewhere that such a love is the result of modern life as of the last 2000 years and not the prehistoric era it s the lack of love and support from family and the society that drives people to call someone their own like an obsession because that can help filling the void which we can see how Henri had soooo many daddy issues I was wondering about the amount of wine they were consuming water was rare D Although I read somewhere that in those days water was mostly dirty and not good so people would drink ale or wine instead I know I can t write a decent review There are other reviews there are spoilers there is enough material for you to know the outline of the story so I m just writing blah D I heard about the series Reign I even downloaded the first episode and I hoped it would be a good addition to the book but OMG so many inaccuracies Mery of Scots is not even a red head so I m not gonna watch something that the producers didn t care about the simple facts like Henri was 20 years younger than Diane or Catherine had dark hair etc let alone that Diane had a son with Henri pleaaaseeee don t watch that


10 thoughts on “Courtesan

  1. says:

    This is my all time favorite book tied with Gone with the Windhere's a review I wrote years agoIn the France of olde Diane de Poitiers returns to the court of Francois I after an informal exile of five years The two were in

  2. says:

    45 stars Incredible I really loved it And just like that I have my new favorite historical romance couple Le sigh If anyone else has any recommendations for books or movies surrounding Henri and Diane I’d love to hear about them Favorite uote There was nothing like the prospect of death he thought to make one appreciate the precious transitory spark that is lifeFirst Sentence In Dawn’s semidarkness she stood ankle

  3. says:

    I am a historical fiction junkie I particularly enjoy novels set in the Medieval and Rennaissance period I have always been fascinated by Diane de Poitiers and made sure to visit Chenonceaux when I was in France Thus I was very excited to come across this novel This novel does a great job painting a picture of court life particularly of the debauchery during the raine of Francois I Diane Haeyer's characterization of An

  4. says:

    comme je te manue comme je t'adoreBeautifully written although I skipped the last 20 pages just to finish the book not a

  5. says:

    Rating Grade 2 stars C Disclaimer I am not a professional reviewer nor was I solicited for this review I purchased my copy of Courtesa

  6. says:

    I haven't read a lot of historical fiction mainly because the few books that I have read haven't really hit me where I want a book to hit me Let me tell you this book completely hit me I wish that I would have had these sorts of books around when I was in high school for my history classes because they would have made a huge difference in the way I felt about history Then I felt history was a wasted subject It was in the past mo

  7. says:

    This is one of the all time great love stories This was the most moving book that I have read in a long time I laughed lon

  8. says:

    I've always known of the love story between Henri and Diane and I was happy to pick up a fictional tale of it I love how it

  9. says:

    Haeger's writing style in Courtesan seemed a bit antiuated but it worked for the story The novel read like it had an omniscient point of view but in reality it was mostly head hopping Since this book was first published in

  10. says:

    3 stars is a generous rating for this book I really considered giving it a 2The Courtesan is about the lives of Henri II of France and his favourite Diane de Poiters I found the depiction of the characters to be very one dimensional and clicheThe predictability was practically tragic Historical Fiction than any other genre imo depends on the finesse of the author The reader KNOWS what's going to happen It's history The author has