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

The Naked Reviewers
2 min readSep 13, 2019

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.

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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