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Madame Serpent
Plaidy, Jean pseud.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, 1975.
Physical Description:
332 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Sequel: The Italian woman.
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Author Notes

Jean Plaidy was a British writer who wrote under various pen names. Her real name is Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert. She was born in London on September 1, 1906.

Most of the books written as Jean Plaidy are historical romances based on English history featuring historical figures. The first, Beyond the Blue Mountains, was published in 1947. Hibbert also wrote five nonfiction histories and two children's books.

Besides Jean Plaidy, Hibbert wrote under Victoria Holt, Phillipa Carr, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Ellalice Tate, and her maiden name, Eleanor Burford.

Hibbert died on January 18, 1993.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Though Plaidy (a pseudonym of the late Eleanor Hibbert) is widely considered to have been one of the pre-eminent writers of historical novels, this reprint of the first in her bestselling Catherine de Medici trilogy may prove too lacking in action for contemporary genre enthusiasts. Young Catherine leaves Italy for the French court to marry Henry of Orleans, only to discover that her beloved husband is desperately in love with his mistress, the manipulative Diane de Poitiers. As Diane orchestrates everything Henry does-including when he sees his young wife-Catherine is driven to bitterness and fury, and Henry neglects his duty to produce an heir. The royal couple finally has children, and Henry takes the throne as King Henry II. However, Catherine's struggles persist, as Diane is constantly given priority, to the extent that visitors kiss Diane's hand before the queen's. Aware of the tenuousness of her situation, and driven by the desire to see one of her children inherit the throne, Catherine must bide her time for revenge. Agent: Elizabeth Winick, McIntosh & Otis Inc. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.