The best-selling novel about the queen who founded the Tudor dynasty. ‘A bewitching first novel…alive with historical detail’ Good Housekeeping.
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?
Praise for Joanna Hickson:
‘Thoroughly engrossing’ The Lady
A gripping and emotional story’ Woman
‘Joanna Hickson’s writing is superb’ Shropshire Post
‘You’ll love The Tudor Bride…a thrilling story’ Take a Break
About the author
Joanna Hickson spent twenty five years presenting and producing News and Arts programmes for the BBC. Her first published book was a children’s historical novel Rebellion at Orford Castle but more recently she has turned to adult fiction, concentrating on bringing fifteenth century English history and some of its fascinating principal characters to life.
She is married with a large family and gets inspiration from her Wiltshire farmhouse home, which dates back to her chosen period.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Explore the early life of Catherine of Valois, the French princess who became the Queen consort of England and established the House of Tudor. British historical fiction author Joanna Hickson dramatises the treacherous world of the royal court with vivid details of political intrigue, castle customs and Catherine’s bond with her faithful wet nurse. The Agincourt Bride—the first chapter in Hickson’s inspiring tale of a remarkable woman in history—is the prequel to The Tudor Bride.