Monday, July 28, 2008

65. "Duchessina" - Carolyn Meyer

It's the story... of a lovely lady. Or perhaps not. History has said that Caterina de Medici (Catherine, Queen Mother) was not a beauty, but she more than made up for it in ambition and wit.

After reading Courtesan, I was interested in hearing about the other side. When Catherine married Henri II, she tried her best to be the dutiful wife. Soon, she saw his blushes when looking at the black and white clad Diane de Poitiers.

Though the reading audience of Duchessina is late teens, there is plenty of good gossipy sex, including the fascinating tidbit that Catherine drilled a hole in the floor so she could find out why her husband was so fascinated with Diane.

I liked reading about the negative aspects of Diane because Courtesan made her a nearly flawless character. Catherine, however, is quite flawed, but the author created reasoning based on historical fact for Catherine's behavior. Very good for the historical reader who wants to be exposed to all aspects of the French court.

4.0 out of 5.0 French Summers.

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