Catherine de Valois: French Princess, Tudor Matriarch by Laurel A. Rockefeller

When we see that Laurel Rockefeller has submitted a new book, we get excited. The Naked Reviewers have also reviewed, Hypatia of Alexandria, Cleopatra VII: Egypt’s Last Pharaoh, His Red Eminence, Armand-Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, and Boudicca, Britain’s Queen of the Iceni.

War made her queen of England. Her love for a Welshman made her immortal.

Best known as Henry V’s Agincourt bride from Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” Catherine de Valois was an extraordinary woman of faith, courage, and conviction in an age of politically powerful women.

A younger daughter to King Charles VI of France terrorized by his mental illness, Princess Catherine survived the ravages of his schizophrenia, a civil war at home, and King Henry’s war with France to become one of Renaissance England’s most fascinating and courageous queens.

A Legendary Women of World History narrative biography.
Includes a War of the Roses family tree, detailed timeline, and detailed suggested reading list/bibliography.

A little about Laurel first:

Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller (Gaelic: Labhrais Eun Caraid) is an author of over twenty books published and self-published since August 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide.
With her lyrical writing style, Laurel’s books are as beautiful to read as they are informative.
In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, travelling to historic places in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series. Favourites: Star Trek, Doctor Who, original Battlestar Galactica, and Babylon 5.
Laurel proudly supports Health in Harmony, The Arbor Day Foundation, and other charities working to protect and replant forests globally.

Sherry Terry’s Review: 4-Stars

Laurel Rockefeller has done it again. She has written a historical book that makes learning fun.

The cover is wonderful and with one glance tells you what kind of book you’re going to read. The formatting was spot on, and there were no writing mishaps I noticed.

In order to save France from more blood-shed, Catherine marries Henry, the King of England who doesn’t live long enough to see his only son. Life at English court is fraught with danger after Henry’s death in France, and Catherine traverses it with style and intelligence. She falls in love with a Welsh knight, and they marry in secret to spend a life together out of court.

This look into Catherine’s life is informative in a fast, fun read.

I give this story 4-stars because it was short and jumped large spans of time. Other than wanting more, this is a great book for children and adults who want to learn more about this great woman in history.

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  1. Catherine de Valois is the second book in the series. I picked her because “Henry V” is my favourite of Shakespeare’s history plays — who can blame me? In “Henry V” Catherine is a giddy teen eager to meet and marry the English king. I wanted to sort fact from fiction, hoping the facts supported Shakespeare’s version.

    What I found will surprise you — about Henry V, about Catherine, and about Owen Tudor whom I discovered later was a descendent of “Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd” (book six). Catherine cemented House Lancaster together, bringing together in her and in her children some of the greatest lineages in Wales, England, and France.

    You will love this story!

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