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Susan Abernethy’s rich post on the history of Chateau de Langeais, site of Anne of Brittany’s wedding to Charles VIII on Dec. 6, 1491.

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The Château of Langeais (Photo copyright of The Freelance History Writer) The Château of Langeais (Photo copyright of The Freelance History Writer)

There are many beautiful and historic château in the Loire Valley of France and I was lucky enough to visit a few of them on my recent trip. Each of them has an interesting history and their own unique attraction. Let’s take a look at the history of the Château of Langeais.

Langeais has a history that spans over one thousand years and can be separated into two phases. Towards the end of the tenth century, two powerful men, Foulques III Nerra (the Black), Count of Anjou and Eudes I, Count of Blois fought over the Touraine region of France. Foulques managed to conquer the area known as Langeais which was situated between Tours and Saumur. On a promontory overlooking the Loire River, he initially built a wooden structure in the motte-and-bailey form.

The land where the castle stood…

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A Bohemian wedding

Anne of Brittany was Europe’s most sought after matchmaker at the start of the 16th century. Ready why in European history scholar Hilde van den Bergh’s Hemmahoshilde blog. http://lrd.to/SENSEOFTOUCH

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A while back I wrote about Ferdinand of Aragon who married his grandniece Germaine of Foix in 1505. Anne of Brittany had a hand in that as my friend Rozsa Gaston rightfully pointed out, but that wasn’t the only one she helped match a young sophisticated lady in her care to a much older but powerful man. Before Anne of Brittany helped Germaine of Foix she had already successfully matched Germaine’s niece Anne of Foix-Candace to the much older childless king Vladislas II of Hungary and Bohemia. They got married on 29 september 1502 and Anne of Foix-Candale was crowned Queen of Hungary the same day. Despite the enormous age difference 28 (!) years between them the marriage was regarded a success. Anne was 18 when she married and Vladislas II 46. Vladislas II reportedly saw her as a friend, assistant and trusted advisor. Vladislas II gave her many…

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Friends, readers, and Anne of Brittany fans,

Medieval historical romance Sense of Touch has been nominated for a prestigious RONE Award, with voting open for two days more only. If you would vote for my book, it’s FREE and you will help my tale of Anne of Brittany become discovered. When you register to vote, go to the Historical: Ancient 16th Century category and scroll down to Sense of Touch – Rozsa Gaston, 9th down on list. Click on link below to vote and thank you.

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Anne of Brittany and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts and hope that spring will unfold for you with extra beauty this year for the moment you took to vote for Sense of Touch. May the best book win!

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Thank you, dear reader, for helping me put the story of the fascinating and little-known Anne of Brittany on the map. Her dates? 1477-1514. Ruler of Brittany at age eleven, she married the King of France at age fourteen. Anne of Brittany was the only woman in history to be twice crowned Queen of France. Discover her story in Sense of Touch.

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Helene Furst of Morning Beans Blog weighs in on Dog Sitters, out May 2017.

Dog Sitters by Rozsa Gaston

BOOK REVIEW:

Dog Sitters
by Rozsa Gaston

SUMMARY:

Laugh out loud at the heart-pounding misadventures of Hint and Jack as they search for the world’s most adorable lost dog . . .

When their friends take a cruise to Bermuda, strangers Hint Daniels and Jack Whitby are charged with looking after their dog. Then everything starts to go wrong…

In the leafy New York suburb of Bronxville, Hint is supposed to hand Percy off to Jack on day five of the ten days their friends are away. But at the handoff, the dog ends up running away. Neither is willing to tell their friends the bad news that Percy is missing. Instead, they spend five frantic days desperately searching for the schnoodle, with wildly different ideas on how to go about it. Between Jack’s heavy-handed approach and Hint’s otherworldly style, their personalities clash. Before long they’re bickering furiously, even as romantic sparks fly.

Will Percy show up before his owners do? And what surprising discovery will Hint and Jack make while looking for him?

REVIEW:  An addictive page turner with a compelling plot and a sweet love story orchestrated by a Schnoodle, what more could you ask for? Fun, lovable and well developed characters reveal themselves slowly.  The playful tension and heated words between Jack and Hint allude to many of the complex relationship issues in love and life.

Hint Daniels and Jack Whitby are charged with dog sitting Percy while their friends are away on vacation. During the handoff, Percy breaks free in search of a squirrel, and the plot begins.

Hint, true to her name, reveals herself slowly as an intelligent, passionate woman. A graphic artist with a love of life, she contrasts solid, suit wearing Jack, wary and wounded by broken promises and fickle relationships.

I admire the way Rozsa Gaston weaves the tale, as the growing worry and compassion for poor, lost Percy and the fear of not finding him brings to light an undeniable spark between Hint and Jack. Their dialogue intimates not only the growing passion between them, but also respect and compromise; two elements necessary for any successful partnership.

Once again, Rozsa Gaston has lured me in with an irresistible storyline that swept me in and held my attention. This is a great weekend read, especially if you’re poolside or fireside. Grab a drink, get cozy and get to know Jack, Hint, Percy and a few other lovable characters. Like me, you’ll be waiting for the sequel.

  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date: January 18, 2013 (currently unavailable)
  • Re-Release Date: May 4, 2017
  • ISBN-10: 1479221457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479221455

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Germaine de Foix Germaine de Foix

Ferdinand of Aragon was married to Isabella of Castile for thirty-five years. When Isabella died, the wily king was in his early fifties and for political reasons decided he wanted a new bride even though he had promised Isabella he would never marry again. He looked to the French for a bride in an attempt to make an alliance that would irritate his son-in-law Philip of Burgundy. It just so happened King Louis XII had a teenaged niece, Germaine de Foix, who was a good candidate to be the new wife for the Aragonese king.

Germaine was born in 1488, the daughter of John of Foix, Viscount of Narbonne and son of Queen Eleanor of Navarre. Germaine’s mother was Marie of Orléans, a sister of King Louis XII of France. Germaine and her brother Gaston grew up in the family home until they were orphaned in 1492…

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