Madame Serpent – By Jean Plaidy
MADAME SERPENT is first in a series of three books about Catherine De’Medici trilogy. In this opener fourteen year old Catherine arrives in Marseilles to marry Henry, Duke of Orleans, second son of the King of France. She is brokenhearted as she was forced to leave her true love in Italy to enter into this arranged marriage – trading her happiness for marriage into the French royal family.
She is oft humiliated and unloved. She spies on her husband’s lover, Diane de Poitiers. She is tortured by what she sees and becomes consumed by hatred,an extremely bitter woman, and ultimately becomes the most hated woman in France. This is truly unfortunate because we can see her torture as she tries in every way to be kind to her husband and wants nothing but to be loved by him. She bears him children only to see them taken away and raised by Diane. She hangs on in hopes that one day the crown will be worn by a Medici heir.
She entangles herself along with way with other high ranking women trying to make friends that might help her. She enlists the help of conjurers and those who are thought to have magical powers and potions.
Although she has anything she asks for – she can entertain and have huge parties, buy jewels, horses, she has several properties – castles at her disposal – all she wants is to be loved.
She truly becomes a very evil woman and it is hard to like her but one has to consider what the heart – broken heart – can make a person do.
A good read all the way through. Once again, it is fascinating to read the history and how the royals are so intertwined country to country and what was done to preserve the crowns.
Take care and stay tuned ‘til next time when I’ll review something a bit lighter!