Her country has been conquered. Her father the king has gone mad. Her brother is at war with her mother. Now French princess Catherine de Valois,  just at the end of her teens, is being promised in marriage to the very Englishman whose army has destroyed France’s wealth and glittering culture along with the lives of thousands of its citizens. How will she survive life with Henry V – and how, as the mother of his baby son, will she survive his death? 



“Bennett’s retelling is so riven with tension…that readers will be hard pressed to put this down.” Publisher’s Weekly, Jan 2010.

“History comes alive in this lyrical and moving true story of one woman’s courage and the inception of one of the most famous royal lineages of all time.” novel was chosen as a Fresh Pick at Fresh Fiction in March 2010)

“Ms. Bennett pens a wondrous tale of young love, and its maturation. Filled with memorable characters, vivid descriptions, and attention to detail we are served a fictitious novel based on historical facts. If you love romance The Queen’s Lover will not disappoint. The plots and subplots sweep you into a whirlwind tale filled with heroes, villains, war, greed, manipulation, deceit, betrayal, fear, laughter, separation, and hope – just to name a few of its many elements. Book groups will find many topics for discussion. Thank you Ms. Bennett. I’d truly forgotten how fascinating this period of history could be!” BookBrowse.

“Bennett draws on the life of Catherine de Valois, a woman whose love changed the course of history. Bennett explores de Valois’ youth, marriage and widowhood, vividly portraying turbulent years of war and intrigue as well as a dysfunctional family.”Romantic Times Book Reviews (Four Star review)

“Bennett offers a compelling coming-of-age tale … Highly recommended for all readers of historical fiction. Library Journal (Advanced Review), February 2010

“…Few novels are as authentically rendered as this one. Displaying the same narrative flair and historical accuracy as she did in Figures in Silk, Bennett spins the gripping tale of young Catherine de Valois … Historical fiction with enough hest to satisfy discriminating fans.” Booklist (Advanced Review), February 2010

“A page-turning story, successfully evoking the atmosphere of intrigue and fear that beset the times.” Daily Mail, June 2009

“Well researched and vividly imagined, rich in incident and offering an engaging tour of medieval European history … a novel with so much going for it.” Times Literary Supplement, July 2009

“Bennett writes thoughtful, well-researched historical fiction, finding connections between past and present without too much silliness or fact-bending, and with plenty of romance. Enormous, in every sense of the word.” The Times of London, May 2009

“One of the best historical novelists around has conjured up a fascinating portrait of this forgotten queen.” Lancashire Evening Post, May 2009

“A skilful blend of fact and fiction. [Bennett’s] characters, story, and fluid writing style sweep you along in a pageant of medieval life. This is quite simply an excellent read!”Historical Novel Society, (Editors’ Choice Title) May 2009

“One of my favorite writers these days is Vanora Bennett. Ms Bennett hit historical “pay dirt” in writing about the period in British and French history that directly preceded the famed Battle of Agincourt. Once you have read one of Vanora Bennett’s books I am sure that you will want to read them all and that, once you have finished reading them all, you too will be waiting, with bated breath, for her next release.” Marie Johansen,, May 2009


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