Apr 21, 2021
The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King
Posted by Princess Michael of Kent

Set against the stunning backdrop of Renaissance France, The Serpent and the Moon is a true story of love, war, intrigue, betrayal, and persecution At its heart is one of the world s greatest love stories the lifelong devotion of King Henri II of France to Diane de Poitiers, a beautiful aristocrat who was nineteen years older than her lover At age fourteen, Henri was mSet against the stunning backdrop of Renaissance France, The Serpent and the Moon is a true story of love, war, intrigue, betrayal, and persecution At its heart is one of the world s greatest love stories the lifelong devotion of King Henri II of France to Diane de Poitiers, a beautiful aristocrat who was nineteen years older than her lover At age fourteen, Henri was married to fourteen year old Catherine de Medici, an unattractive but extremely wealthy heiress who was to bring half of Italy to France as her dowry When Catherine met Henri on her wedding day, she fell instantly in love, but Henri could see no one but the beautiful Diane When Henri eventually became king, he and Diane ruled France as one Meanwhile, Catherine took as her secret motto the words Hate and Wait and lived for the day Diane would die and she could win Henri s love and rule by his side Fate had another plan Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, herself a descendant of both Catherine and Diane, imbues this seldom told story with an insider s grasp of royal life The Serpent and the Moon is a fascinating love story as well as a richly woven history of an extraordinary time.

  • Title: The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King
  • Author: Princess Michael of Kent
  • ISBN: 9780743251068
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Serpent and the Moon Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King Set against the stunning backdrop of Renaissance France The Serpent and the Moon is a true story of love war intrigue betrayal and persecution At its heart is one of the world s greatest love sto


    How many flattering adjectives can be applied to a single person For the answer to this question read this interesting but flawed book Diane de Poitiers is repeatledy described as dazzlingly beautiful, charming, intelligent, well bred, refined, cultured, noble, etc the book is well researched, but the lavish praise heaped upon Diane is somewhat tiresome This book is pretty much a tribute to Diane de Poitiers.However, the book is not all about Diane and Catherine much of the first part of the boo [...]


    Vous voulez vous plonger dans le r gne de Fran ois 1er et de Henri II Vous souhaitez connaitre les jalousies et les anecdotes au combien nombreuses entre Catherine de M dicis et Diane de Poitiers Ce livre est pour vous La Princesse Michael de Kent se charge de vous emmener dans les m andres de cette Renaissance Italienne sur de nombreux chapitres Il y a certaines r p titions et les occurences ne sont pas toujours bien choisies mais l Histoire est l d chiffr e, d cortiqu e, analys e et vous passe [...]


    this was one of the worst, most biased biographies i ever had the misfortune of reading written by a descendant of diane du poitiers,the 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


    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 [...]

    Michael Tharp

    The greatest romance in history The most beautiful woman since Helen of Troy, and the King who loved her yet was forced to marry another.This is the love triangle that was Diane De Poitiers, Katherine DeMedici, and Henri the 2nd of France.HEnri 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 tra [...]

    ₵oincidental Ðandy

    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.

    Mary George

    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 Dian [...]


    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 t [...]

    Carol Mclamb

    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


    Princess Michael of Kent has written a highly readable, meticulously researched work about Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henri II of France, and his queen, Catherine de Medici, both of whom she is descendant The time period spans 1499 to 1566, when Europe is entering the height of the Renaissance The duchess and the queen are both unusual women for their time, both brought to power by extraordinary circumstances Incorporated into the history of events are juicy little morsels describing everyda [...]


    Nonfiction Henri II had one wife, the notorious Catherine de Medici, and one main mistress, Diane de Poitiers He would have married Diane if he could have Catherine was the one who bore him children, and eventually ruled France through the disastrous lives of Henri s three crowned sons Hate and Wait was Catherine s motto, as she passed the years learning the rituals of witchcraft and pretending to the members of Henri s court to be a nice little woman During Catherine s waiting years, Diane rule [...]

    A Miuda Geek

    If there ever was a real, tender, warm hearted love story on royal families, this is one of them, for sure.Diane de Poitiers and Henri II of France were clearly soulmates, only separated by time and chance time because Diane was 14 years senior to Henri and chance because of the dynastic marriages that led to Henri beying married to Catherine de Medici, for money and land sake.The author succeded in bringing up to life early Renaissance France, Fran ois I s court and then, afterwards Henri II s [...]

    Sandra Strange

    The cover makes this narrative seem risque than it is, actually, though it is about the rivalry between Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of French King Francis I, and his wife, Catherine de Medici, so it does treat sexuality but tastefully and only briefly in regards to producing heirs to the throne, etc The rivalry was important in European history, and very unusual, since Diane was the older woman by 17 years , and Catherine eventually ended with the power and influence, acting as regent and r [...]

    Joy Weese Moll

    Henri II, King of France, was in love with one woman, Diane de Portiers, and married to another, Catherine de Medici These three people lived in the midst of the Renaissance, a time known for its resurgence of the arts but also for incredibly complex machinations, and no small number of wars, among European monarchies The history of Europe at this time is told in The Serpent and the Moon by focusing on this triad of people and the circles around them.More thoughts on my blog The Serpent and the [...]


    I m giving this one up It s billed as a story about two women vying for the heart of a French king Henri II It s a 430 page book but 100 pages in, I m still getting a French royal court history lesson and Francois I is still king And it s written in such a fashion that I m almost constantly having to go back and figure out what generation she s talking about and who she s talking about I m sure at some point she ll get to what the book is actually billed as being about, but she s lost me already [...]

    Megan Winston

    Overall, I enjoyed reading this book I am a lover of Tudor history, and so knew just a little of the time period from France s point of view and this book gave me the knowledge I craved As other reviewers have noted, there is a definite slant towards Diane de Poitiers and away from the queen, Catherine de Medici I think the book is of a biography of Diane then of love triangle between the two women and the king I do believe I will have to search out a book about Catherine now, as I would like t [...]

    Lorna Collins

    As a writer, I found this book tiresome I had hope d to become engaged in the story, but the writing left me bored And it is a powerful tale I read the book after visiting France in 2014 The story of Chenonceau fascinated me, and I wanted to know about the two ladies who fought for it The book contains lots of history accurate history However, it lost the tale of the rivalry in the of other facts.


    I originally delved into this book because of my love for the TV series, Reign The book delivered with so much content on history and I was surprised to learn of the actual relationships between King Henri II, his queen Catherine and his queen of heart, Diane De Poitiers This is quite the love story I walked away from this story actually learning much about what a dignified and beautiful soul Diane is portrayed as here 400 years later and she still exudes radiance and influence.


    The author has an agenda white wash her ancestor.


    I seem to be having an unlucky run of bad or at least so so books recently I went into this one optimistically Whilst I ve been an aficionado of the Renaissance for many years, my main focus has been Renaissance England under the Tudor dynasty, I m not so knowledgeable about the Renaissance in the other great European powers of the time, having only a working knowledge as these figures interacted with Tudor England The Serpent and the Moon is specifically marketed as a dual biography of Catheri [...]


    After reading a LOT about 16th century England, I ve finally started reading about what was going on over on the Continent while the Tudors were being their bad boy and bad girl selves.Oodles of scandal, apparently And this made me laugh everyone so engrossed in their own national affairs, that the Tudors pop up only rarely on the radar Quelle horror What would Henry VIII think to be so overlooked Anyway, this is a great read about, not just Diana de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, but their w [...]

    Suz Davidson

    Somewhat dry Reads too much like a history textbook.


    Princess Maria s book is chock full of historical facts and gossip from that era But there is such an enormous array of characters that I got a bit lost after a while If, like me, you are not very good at 15th Century European history, I suggest you keep a list of names and a marker on the Family Trees page at the beginning, because you will be constantly checking it Most of the book is not exactly about Dianne de Poitiers, but of the historical circumstances and the characters that surrounded h [...]

    graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)

    The first half of The Serpent and the Moon mainly deals with Francois I s reign as king and has little to do with the love triangle Frankly, the whole book itself hasn t much to do with the love triangle or one of the great love stories of all time, but to do with the political intrigue of Henri I and his father s reigns Oh, and lest I forget, Henri, Diane, and both of their symbols, monograms, etc I honestly don t know what the whole fascination of that was all about, but it showed up everywhe [...]

    Jean Marie

    Oh dear I was looking foreward to this so much because 1 Catherine de Medici was an amazing intelligent de facto ruler of France for some 30 years and Diane de Poitiers was an epic mistress to King Henri II so I thought this would be about the relationship between Catherine, Diane and Henri and how they all dealt with one another But I m sorry to say I learned nothing about Catherine than I already knew other than how she bounced around convents for her protection as a child Even the informatio [...]


    As seems to be becoming a habit, this book was not as advertised The Serpent is Catherine de Medici, Queen consort of France s Henri II The Moon is Diane de Poitiers, Henri s mistress But the book takes its name from the symbols both women used to represent themselves, but it could simply have been called The Moon.Poor Catherine hardly gets a mention, except when her story meets with Diane s In fact the book ends with Diane s death and there is not even space in the Epilogue to record what happ [...]


    Princess Michael of Kent shows us only too well the fact that dynastic marriage in 16th century France all Western European royalty, for that matter was pretty much entirely a business arrangement sometimes also a kind of peace treaty made out of humans but nothing to do with the modern concept of love She also demonstrates how many people suffered very unhappy lives as a result Of course, knowing history, no one should be surprised that the ones most likely to suffer in these kinds of arrangeme [...]


    The cover of this book, as well as the book s blurb, promise the reader a dual biography of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici If that s what you are expecting going into this book, you will be sadly disappointed Outside of the last twenty pages or so, Catherine gets very little screen time Sure she s mentioned at other point throughout the book These mentions are usually to remind the reader that Catherine does actually still exist This was probably the most disappointing part of the boo [...]


    I had a hard time getting started with this book From the get go, there were many names and characters and I had difficulty keeping track of everyone, the time period However, after I plowed through the initial few chapters, I started to enjoy the underlying story I was under the impression that it would chronicle in detail the life of de Poitier, but it really didn t startdiscussing her character and influences until a good 1 3 through the book The authors writing is mediocre at best, going fro [...]

    Jessica White Slorah

    Set against the stunning backdrop of Renaissance France and peopled by the titans of European history, The Serpent and the Moon is a true story of love, war, intrigue, betrayal, and persecution At its heart is one of the world s great love stories the life long devotion of King Henri II of France to Diane de Poitiers, a beautiful aristocrat who was 18 years older than her lover read this when I was about 7 months pregant and had nothing much to do but whale around The perfect amount of love, and [...]

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