The Forbidden Queen is written by Anne O’Brien and published by MIRA
1415. The Battle of Agincourt is over, and the young princess Katherine de Valois is the prize to be offered to Henry V of England. The innocent Katherine is smitten with Henry, but soon understands that her sole purpose is to produce an heir to unite England and France. When Henry leaves her a widow at the age of 21, Katherine is forced to resign herself to a quiet life as the Dowager Queen; her duty is to raise her son, the young King of England, and little more.
But Katherine is still young and passionate. Many desire her, and her hand in marriage is worth a kingdom. Setting aside those driven by ambition, Katherine falls in love with her servant Owen Tudor, and glimpses the happiness that love can bring. But their enemies are circling, all battling for power and determined to prevent their marriage. Katherine will have to fight to control her own destiny…
It is no secret to followers on my blog that I adore a historical novel and get rather excited when one lands on my doormat. When this arrived I was as thrilled as I normally am and especially when I saw the red seal in the corner saying “Better than Philippa Gregory” according to The Bookseller, that is high praise indeed.
This book starts by following the life of Princess Katherine of France from childhood and to her marriage to King Henry V of England. It is extremely apparent from the opening chapter the amount of research that has gone into this book and the historical facts and details it contains, but still keeping it an extremely engaging and captivating read.
Katherine’s life is not an easy life despite becoming Queen of England so young and the Author has expertly captured the emotion and pain whilst still describing life at Court with all its grandeur, rivalry and plotting!
With well over 600 pages, this is no quick read, but I have to say I read it cover to cover in just over a day and a half. Any book that makes me want to continue to read into the early hours and not switch the tv for the whole day has the Louise loved… stamp all over. A brilliant read.
This is the first book by this Author that I have read, but I am absolutely certain I will be reading her back catalogue and future releases. I would like to thanks ed Public relations for sending me a copy.
Available in paperback and ebook from March 2013 The Forbidden Queen