The Serpent And The Moon: Two Rivals For The Love Of A Renaissance King Michael of Kent

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The Serpent And The Moon: Two Rivals For The Love Of A Renaissance King  by  Michael of Kent

The Serpent And The Moon: Two Rivals For The Love Of A Renaissance King by Michael of Kent
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Set against the backdrop of Renaissance France and peopled by the titans of European history, The Serpent and the Moon, is a true story of love, war, intrigue, betrayal, and persecution. At its heart is one of the worlds great love stories: theMoreSet against the backdrop of Renaissance France and peopled by the titans of European history, The Serpent and the Moon, is a true story of love, war, intrigue, betrayal, and persecution.

At its heart is one of the worlds great love stories: the life-long devotion of King Henri II of France to Diane de Poitiers, a beautiful aristocrat who was nineteen years older than her lover. Diane was present at Henris birth. It was Diane who lovingly embraced six-year-old Henri when he was sent as a hostage to a Spanish prison in exchange for his father.

On his release four years later, it was Diane who eased the adolescent Henri out of his bitterness. As Henri matured, he modeled his life on the chivalric code, wore Dianes famous colors of black and white, and vowed to protect the lady whose image had sustained him through his childhood imprisonment.

In the sixteenth century, scions of royal houses were political pawns to be exchanged in marriage by rulers of Europe seeking to meet their own ambitions. At age fourteen, Henri was married to fourteen-year-old Catherine de Medici, an unattractive but extremely wealthy heiress who was to bring half of Italy to France as her dowry. When Catherine met Henri on their wedding day, she fell instantly in love, but Henri could see no one but the beautiful Diane de Poitiers.

Henri became dauphin and then king, all the while becoming more devoted to Diane, granting her exalted titles, magnificent castles, and the crown jewels and increasing the jealous fury of his wife. Diane and Henri ruled as one. While their love was sincere and discreet, many at court were not sure of their relationship.

Catherine, however, was in no doubt. She took as her secret motto the words Hate and Wait and lived for the day Diane would die and she could win Henris love and rule by his side. Fate had another plan.



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