Madame Serpent: A Catherine de' Medici Novel by Jean PlaidyMadame Serpent: A Catherine de' Medici Novel by Jean Plaidy

Madame Serpent: A Catherine de' Medici Novel

byJean Plaidy

Paperback | July 3, 2012

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Back in print after more than twenty years and for the first time in eBook, Madame Serpent, the first novel in Jean Plaidy's classic Catherine de Medici trilogy, introduces readers to the young de Medici princess.

Fourteen-year-old Catherine de’ Medici arrives in Marseilles to marry Henry, Duke of Orleans, second son of the King of France. The brokenhearted Catherine has left her true love in Italy, forced into trading her future happiness for marriage into the French royal family.

Amid the glittering fêtes and banquets of the most immoral court in sixteenth-century Europe, the reluctant bride becomes a passionate but unwanted wife. Humiliated and unloved, Catherine spies on Henry and his lover, the infamous Diane de Poitiers. Tortured by what she sees, Catherine becomes consumed by a ruthless ambition destined to make her the most despised woman in France: the dream that one day the French crown will be worn by a Medici heir. . . .
Jean Plaidy one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
Title:Madame Serpent: A Catherine de' Medici NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.9 inPublished:July 3, 2012Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:145168620X

ISBN - 13:9781451686203

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from All Spite, No Fun This book had a terrible start and an annoying plot, making me wish it was over when I first began reading it. I have no intention on finishing the series, and though I won't find out about the revenge taken on Diane, I won't consider it much of a loss regardless of my curiosity. The entire novel was based off Catherine pining for the man who would never love her back, and her love felt forced because I never saw a reason for her to love him. All I was interested in was seeing how Catherine would take revenge on Diane, and even that wasn't done with by the end of the book - and that was the only thing keeping me reading. Basing an entire plot on the underhanded fighting of women was boring, and Catherine's spite, though well deserved, was tiring - her character could've been shown in such a better way. She changed so drastically from the person she was as a child to the spiteful and obsessive woman she became in her marriage, and it happened so suddenly that it felt forced - regardless of if it could be blamed on her hatred for Diane and her love for Henry or not. I absolutely hated the way the POV jumped around multiple times in one scene, too; now I understand why head-hopping is such a jarring and undesirable way to write, as it was confusing and pointless. It showed viewpoints that didn't feel necessary and could've been cut out entirely; I would've preferred if the entire thing were from Catherine's perspective alone. I also didn't like when Catherine's thoughts blended in with the narration, as I had more than enough of her as it was - I didn't need everything painted with her beliefs - and it felt awkward that the two weren't properly separated. Francis was at least a fun character whenever he appeared; I enjoyed whatever scenes he was in, but no matter how much of him could've appeared, nothing could've saved this book for me. So many scenes felt unnecessary, and there was so much of Catherine complaining about everything and telling us how she felt that I couldn't feel much sympathy for her nor could I enjoy anything about the writing. Wanting to give up reading in the beginning was a terrible start, so I didn't have a favourable impression of the book at all; I definitely won't be reading the rest of the series.
Date published: 2016-11-20

Editorial Reviews

"Plaidy has crafted a compelling narrative, full of historical detail and fascinating characters. She is credited with resurrecting the historical novel as a genre, and Madame Serpent shows why."