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The Historical Novel Society gives Sense of Touch a favorable review in its Aug. 1, 2016 review by Mary Turner. An honor.
‘In July 1497 Anne of Brittany, Queen of France, gives birth to a son. Within hours the child joins the five dead siblings who came before him. In the mournful weeks that follow, fifteen-year-old Nicole St. Sylvain meets Philippe de Bois, a young horse trainer. The attraction between the two is immediate, but duty and honor bring their romance to an abrupt halt. They work together to heal the horse’s infected hoof, then part ways.’
Thus begins a romance and an interesting novel about a little-known French queen.
The story is of Anne’s struggle to produce a family, and her grief at losing her children, a grief shared by so…
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Hilde van den Bergh of Hemmahoshilde Blog gives us the story of what happened to Anne of Brittany’s jolted fiance, Maximilien I of Austria. Consensus? She did well to throw him over for Charles VIII of France.
Maybe it sounded a bit greedy that Mary of Burgundy demanded a golden wedding ring with a diamond of Maximilian I before even meeting her future husband in person, but she probably did the right thing considering the wedding gift he presented to his second wife Bianca Maria Sforza.
At first the idea sounds quite lovely. He renovated a building in Innsbruck so that they would have a royal box from which they could enjoy festivals, tournaments and other festivities. The most important improvement he made to the building was that he had the 2,738 copper tiles on the roof fire-gilded.
He added many different heraldry weapons but that’s fine, because at least he added his second wife’s family weapon as well.
They were all weapons that had to do with Maximilian I except for the last one the snake eating a child that was the family weapon of the…
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Hemmahoshilde’s research on Anne of Brittany, Queen of France is nothing short of remarkable. This blogger has done her homework. Here the 14- year- old Anne decides to accept Charles VIII’s marriage proposal. Brittany’s ruler a prisoner of the King of France? Certainly not. The King of France’s heart captured by Brittany’s ruler? Absolutely. Read on.
It’s ages ago I wrote about young Anne of Brittany. Her dad died in 1488 and Anne of Brittany fled Nantes to Rennes where she was crowned duchess of Brittany on 10 February 1489.
She married Maximilian I of Austria by proxy in December 1490 when she was 14 years old. The french king was very angry at this because it violated the treaty of Sablé that her father had signed early that stated that the French king had to give his consent to her marriage and because it reintroduced an old enemy to France.
Unfortunately for Anne her new husband was busy fighting in Granada and he left her stranded in Rennes and did (too) little to fight the French that decided to siege the city. After 2 months without aid Rennes fell and Anne agreed…
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Budapest Romance: a “thoughtful romance.”—Publishers Weekly
Budapest Romance: A “tasty smorgasbord of love and faith.”—AudioFile Magazine
Chapter Six of Budapest Romance is all about taking the plunge. As in plunge bath. As in an experience you will never forget and should repeat whenever the opportunity presents itself. Why? You will prolong your life span. Your skin will sparkle and glow. Your state of mind will too. What’s it all about?
Contrast. Rather like the city of Budapest. Let’s not get into the hows and whys, as Hungary always manages to find itself historically in hot water. We will confine this discussion to the warm thermal waters of Budapest’s leading bath spas, the Széchenyi baths, Gellért Baths, and Rudyas Turkish Baths. Much more fun to dip into mineral-laden hot baths than into geopolitics …
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Sense of Touch is burning up the Hot & Trending list of Kindle Scout nominations for the second week of its one month campaign to receive a publishing contract. Why?
Readers want to know more about her.
Anne of Brittany is a fascinating historical figure about whom almost nothing has been written in English. Her dates? 1477-1514. She reigned as Queen of France after Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204) and before Catherine de Medici (1519-1589).
This week I uncovered a powerful and poignant painting of her with husband Louis VII by court painter Jean Pichore. The name of the painting says it all: Douleur du Roi sans Fils. Translation: Sorrow of the King without a Son.
Before you feel sorry for Anne of Brittany, don’t.
She may not have…
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