Anne of Brittany was only 12 when, in 1488, she became its Duchess, but already she was among the best-educated women of her era and she was determined to preserve the duchy’s independence. At 15 she averted takeover by France when she married its king, Charles VIII, and after he died she married his successor, Louis XII, becoming the only person ever twice crowned Queen of France. Ages 12 up.
Foreword by Sylvia Louise Engdahl, the author's daughter.
Illustrated with 16-century portraits (some of which have been added since the original publication of the ebook edition).
From the reviews:
“On her father’s death in 1488, Anne of Brittany, at twelve, became ruler of a fiercely independent land beset by hostile neighbors. Through sieges, wars, political upheaval, and personal tragedy, the beloved little duchess, only woman to marry two French kings, triumphed. Vivid description of a glorious era.”—Junior Literary Guild
“The life of Anne of Brittany is traced in detail against a vivid background of court life during the Renaissance. . . . Useful to schools for its portrayal of the times, this has enough romance to appeal to girls.”—ALA Booklist
“This smoothly written, easy-to-read biography will appeal especially to girls.”—Library Journal