The Serpent and the Moon Two Rivals for the Love of a

The Serpent and the Moon Two Rivals for the Love of a

10 thoughts on “The Serpent and the Moon Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King

  1. Cher Cher says:

    4 stars It was great I loved it When I was twenty one I traveled from Vienna to London to study history history of art and interior design I decorated my small apartment entirely in black and white drove a black and white Mini and acuired a black and white kitten I had no real reason for adopting my monochrome lifestyle except that I imagined it chic and different Then my mother told me about Diane de Poitiers our ancestor who famously styled her whole life and her country in black and whiteA rather engaging nonfiction book that reads much like a novel How interesting that the author is related to both of the historical female powerhouses of their time Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici ueen Hate and Wait She also claims in her author’s note that Diane’s love story is the greatest in French royal history and I would have to agree Favorite uote He who inflames me has the power to extinguish meFirst Sentence As the sun filtered through the autumn mist shrouding the harbor of Marseilles three hundred cannons boomed from the ramparts of the chateau d’If and all the bells of the city rang out to announce the arrival of the papal flotilla

  2. Allison Allison says:

    this was one of the worst most biased biographies i ever had the misfortune of reading written by a descendant of diane du poitiersthe mistress of king henri II of france this biography describes her rival and wife of henri catherine de medici as having a fat little heart yep SHE CALLS HER FAT princess michael of kent is a moron i wish i could be constructive than that but seriously i think of this book with nothing but animosity

  3. Sara Sara says:

    I was very excited when I found this book because I adore anything to do with Catherine de Medici who I find woefully under appreciated in the history books With that being said I acknowledge that there was a bias towards Diane de Poitiers who was always potrayed in glowing terms while Catherine was usually written off as fat and ugly However she did bring up Catherine's intelligence a great deal which I appreciated and described the history of France which I haven't read much about and cleared up my confusion on the prisoner situation with Henry's dad It did uite well on detailing the menage de trois sp? relationship between them and how complicated and uncomfortable that must have been I was fairly impressed with it though I am still peeved that the writer clearly loved and admired Diane in history over Catherine and that it was so palpable

  4. Michael Tharp Michael Tharp says:

    The greatest romance in history The most beautiful woman since Helen of Troy and the King who loved her yet was forced to marry anotherThis is the love triangle that was Diane De Poitiers Katherine DeMedici and Henri the 2nd of FranceHEnri was not supposed to be King He was the second son of Francis I and yet after the death of his brother Phillipe he had no choice and thus had to marry strategically and politically instead of for love The serpent and the Moon tells the tail of these tragic three From Dianes early years as part of Francis's s to her re programming the young Henri after his return after being ransomed by his father from Spain to their love affair and ultimately the struggle between love and politics Beautifully and sympathetically written by Princess Michael of Kent

  5. ₵oincidental Ðandy ₵oincidental Ðandy says:

    I have to say I'm very impressed with this book Meticulously researched rich in historical detail especially as it pertains to European alliances conflicts political as well as personal of the time the roles played by the central characters this work offers a very good overall view of 16th century French history; as exceptionally well informed as it is informative I doff my hat to HRH for whom I have a newly found respect as an author

  6. Margaret Margaret says:

    Several years ago before this book was published I heard the author Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent HRH speak about the book and its subject the history of Catherine de Medici the Serpent and Diane de Poitiers the Moon and their complex relationship both with Henri II Catherine de Medici's husband and Diane de Poitiers lover 19 years her junior and with each other While certainly regal and not someone to cozy up to for a nice chat before the talk HRH reduced a poor young thing in PR to a puddle on the floor when the PYT failed to produce a working slide projector for HRH's slides HRH went on to speak for over an hour about the subject without benefit of notes or the slides we in the audience were in the palm of her hand she is that good a story teller The book was published the following year; I promptly bought a copy and then inevitably set it aside as other books piled up on top Triggered by a recent Goodreads review of a terrific audio book The Devil's ueen that relates the fictional first person account of Catherine de Medici's life I picked up The Serpent and the Moon to read simultaneously with listening to The Devil's ueen well not at the exact same time While the latter covers a greater span of history it will presumably end with the death of Catherine de Medici I have another couple of CD's to go it's been fascinating to read listen to these two books at the same time given that they cover almost exactly the same ground albeit The Serpent and the Moon while not written by a professional historian HRH's contention not mine is non fiction and The Devil's ueen is fictionThat The Serpent and the Moon is non fiction doesn't mean that HRH doesn't have an agenda The title of the book alone indicates that she comes out on the side of Diane de Poitiers versus Catherine de Medici in terms of who was most likely to win a popularity contest at the time not to mention the love of King Henri II up to his death The Devil's ueen plays the latter a little differently Nevertheless HRH appears to have done all her homework referencing many original sources in particular letters and reports of the time and while she may not be a professional historian from my point of view she may as well be Although the book is historical non fiction and therefore at risk of being dry and tedious HRH provides a great deal of detail and spins a narrative that moves the story right along As a descendant of both women she has the royal chops to provide perspective on royal life even royal life of the second half of the 16th C some things have changed but not everything as well as gain access to many private letters and sources The book itself the original hard copy edition is a lovely physically hefty piece of published work As complicated as the various entwined family trees are including repeat use of a limited number of names typical for royals throughout time the family tree at the beginning of the book could actually have used a couple generations and contemporaneous detail as a number of names are referenced without being included on the tree; but this is a minor nitReading this book and listening to the other makes me want to rent ueen Margot the 1994 film of Catherine and Henri's daughter Margot's marriage to Henri de Navarre including court intrigue plus the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre A fascinating movie and having these two books tucked under my belt it will now make sense

  7. Mary George Mary George says:

    I ADORED this book mainly because it was about a slice of history I knew nothing about the life long affair of France's Henri II and his mistress Diane It starts off with the teen crush of Henri on the beautiful recently widowed Diane who is nearly twenty years his senior but she befriends the shy prince He never forgets her kindnesses to toward him and as he grows to manhood their verbal intimacies grow for Henri into a deep and abiding love He becomes determined to make her his own Diane is wise and encourages him to take to wife the little Italian Catherine de Medici which Henri grudgingly agrees to do Unfortunately Catherine is a hoyden from hell is extremely jealous of Diana's relationship with her husband and does everything to sabotage it Unfortunately in the end she gets her way and Diana is left in the cold Princess Michael of Kent has written a powerfully moving novel of a love story for the centuries

  8. Carol Mclamb Carol Mclamb says:

    Wonderful view into the private lives of three of the most famous and perhaps infamous personages in French history Henry II Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers Fantastic read

  9. Ethlenn Ethlenn says:

    I can't finish it I don't take well to a blatant propaganda

  10. Jamie Jones Hullinger Jamie Jones Hullinger says:

    In the wrost of times when our politics are a dumpster firemy brain apparently craves the politics of ole and royal mistresses This was exactly what I needed Onto the next

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  • 470 pages
  • The Serpent and the Moon Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King
  • Princess Michael of Kent
  • Portuguese
  • 12 March 2014

About the Author: Princess Michael of Kent

Princess Michael of Kent Marie Christine; née Baroness and the PDF ☆ Marie Christine Agnes Hedwig The Serpent ePUB ↠ Ida von Reibnitz January is a German Born member of the Serpent and the Kindle Ð British Royal Family She is married to Prince Michael of Kent who is Serpent and the Moon Two Kindle - a grandson of King George VPrincess Michael is an author and has published several books on the royal families of Europe She also undertakes lecture tours and supports her h.