Anne and Louis: Rulers and Lovers
by Rozsa Gaston
Pub Date 12 Dec 2019
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Anne and Louis: Rulers and Lovers is the stand-alone sequel to Anne and Louis, General Fiction Winner of the Publishers Weekly 2018 BookLife Prize.
Anne of Brittany meticulously orchestrates the perfect match for her only child by Louis XII, King of France. Her daughter will become the most powerful woman in Europe by marrying the future Holy Roman Emperor.
But when Louis abandons her wishes in favor of having their daughter marry his successor, Anne soon finds herself locked in a political struggle with the fate of Europe hanging between them. Things only get worse when Louis hatches a plan to conquer southern Italy.
Anne orders him to stay away from Italy, but Louis is determined to gain a foothold there for France. Joining Ferdinand of Spain in a secret, devious pact to divide southern Italy between them, he plans to secure glory for France and expand his empire. But with rivals on all sides and allies he can’t trust, Louis soon discovers that the age of chivalry is over…
As lovers, Anne and Louis are alive with passion. As rulers, they’re at each other’s throats. The future of Europe rests in their hands. Who will prevail?
Book Three of the Anne of Brittany Series of which Anne and Charles is Book One, Anne and Louis is Book Two.
A Note From the Publisher
“Fresh and original … Fast-paced and filled with marital drama and court intrigue, this book will please any lover of historical fiction.”—Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize
“In this engrossing volume of the Anne of Brittany Series, the author deftly recreates the complex political landscape of Europe … Her mastery of the historical period is superb, and her portrayal of the social nuances of the day painstakingly authentic. This is a delightful blend of historical rigor and dramatic entertainment, delivered in easily companionable prose.”—Kirkus Reviews
"A powerful historical read that requires no prior knowledge of the era or the preceding books in the series to prove satisfyingly engrossing to newcomers—even those who rarely read historical fiction.”—Midwest Book Review
“In this scintillating imagining of the private life of Anne of Brittany and her husband, French King Louis XII, Rozsa Gaston utilizes a solid foundation of historical fact to fashion a must-read for anyone interested in the French court at the turn of the sixteenth century and the life of a uniquely powerful woman of that era.” —Frederic J. Baumgartner, author of Louis XII, Professor Emeritus of History, Virginia Tech
“Gaston's evocative portrayal of Louis XII and Anne of Brittany as the ultimate royal Renaissance power couple is enjoyable and highly satisfying. Details on Anne de Beaujeu, Louise de Savoy, and Germaine de Foix provide a historically accurate glimpse of women who held political power in the first decade of 16th century France.” —Susan Abernethy, The Freelance History Writer
"An engaging glimpse into the world of the medieval French court.” —Tony Riches, author of The Tudor Trilogy
“Anne and Louis: Rulers and Lovers offers an intriguing insight into the life and times of Anne of Brittany and Louis XII of France. Realistic and vivid.” —Judith Arnopp, author of The Beaufort Chronicle
“A fascinating portrait of two complementary rulers with conflicting aims who steered France into the modern age. An engaging read from the very start.”—Claire Ridgway, author of The Anne Boleyn Files, Founder, UK Tudor Society
It is the intent of the Anne of Brittany Series to bring alive Anne of Brittany's story to modern readers in an accessible and historically accurate way.
This late medieval to early Renaissance ruler of Brittany provides a strong role model to women in leadership positions today. She has been largely overlooked due to French mistrust of her as a foreign queen who favored Brittany's interests over those of France. She is the only woman in history who was twice crowned Queen of France.
A rigorous proponent of the education of women, Anne of Brittany was also one of Europe's biggest patrons of the arts, largely responsible for bringing the Italian Renaissance to France and Brittany, which was an independent realm during her lifetime, from 1477-1514.
Anne of Brittany's story should be included in any European historical fiction collection. The Anne of Brittany Series should be categorized with historical fiction works by authors such as Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, and Antonia Fraser. Readers of Tudor history, in particular, will enjoy expanding their knowledge of historical figures in Brittany and France who ruled during the Tudor era.
It is interesting to note that Anne of Brittany's father, Francis II, Duke of Brittany, provided shelter and support to Henry Tudor during his years of exile in Brittany before ascending the English throne in 1485, marking the start of the modern age. Brittany itself maintains a strong Celtic identity since the 8th century when it was settled by explorers from Wales and Cornwall.