Courtesan Author:Diane Haeger Amid the disapproving gossip of the Court, a royal romance defies all obstacles. — The Court of Fran?ois I is full of lust, intrigue, and bawdy bon temps-a different world from the quiet country life Diane de Poitiers led with her elderly husband. Now a widow, the elegant Diane is called back to Court, where the King's obvious interest marks her ... more »as an enemy to the King's favorite, Anne d'Heilly. The Court is soon electrified by rumors of their confrontations. As Anne calls on her most venomous tricks to drive Diane away, Diane finds an ally in the one member of Court with no allegiance to the King's mistress: his teenage second son, Henri.
Neglected by his father and disliked by his brothers, Prince Henri expects little from his life. But as his friendship with Diane deepens into infatuation and then a romance that scandalizes the Court, the Prince begins to discover hope for a future with Diane. But fate and his father have other plans for Henri-including a political marriage with Catherine de Medici. Despite daunting obstacles, Henri's devotion to Diane never wanes; their passion becomes one of the most legendary romances in the history of France.« less
I own over 2000 books and this is one of my favorites...very detailed historical romance. I love a story that takes a bit of hisory and weaves romance into a wonderful tale of usual lovers. A great read.
Very good read. I enjoyed the entire book. Most stories told about Diane de Poitiers show her as something of a power seeking cougar. This book shows the great love she bears for Henri and the hard decisions she had to make between following her heart and doing what was expected of her by society. I especially enjoyed the way the book showed the relationship between Catherine de Medici and Henri and Diane. The author did a wonderful job of showing the intertwining of these three's lives. I loved the book and could hardly put it down.
I enjoyed this book immensely. I love reading books about historical figures and events but sometimes the books are a little to hard to read for me. This one is of course fiction but still very informational. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read both fiction and non fiction.