Author: Rozsa Gaston
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: October 12th, 2021
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Forbidden love beckons at the French royal court. A 100-page short story by the author of the award-winning Anne of Brittany Series.
In 1509 Marguerite d’Angoulême of the royal House of Valois is the King of France’s most valuable unmarried asset. Gaston de Foix is France’s most promising young knight, eager to prove himself on the King’s Italian campaigns.
Fanned by chivalric ideals of courtly love, Marguerite and Gaston burn for each other with a secret flame. When Gaston learns that the King intends to marry Marguerite to the Armagnac heir, he is heartbroken. Louis XII needs Armagnac lands for the crown of France. What better way to achieve his aim than through the heir that Marguerite will create as wife to the head of the House of Armagnac, mingling bloodlines with the House of Valois?
Gaston begs the King to allow him to marry Marguerite. But Louis XII’s plans are firm. Relaying his despair to Marguerite, Gaston swears she will always be his one true love. Pledging their troth to each other in a secret ceremony, only weeks remain before Marguerite’s marriage separates them forever.
Marguerite has no choice but to obey her king. Yet raised in the heady fumes of Renaissance self-determination, she longs to seize fate in her own hands. Will she attain her heart’s desire before duty calls?
By the author of Anne and Louis, General Fiction Winner, Publishers Weekly 2018 Book Life Prize.