The action is set at the court of Henri II
of France during the sixteenth century. The structure is that of daily tale-telling, and the tales, exclusively about love, provide an inside story supposedly explaining...
Marguerite de Navarre
She helped, with her mother, to negotiate the Ladies' Peace of 1529. François
made her his representative in foreign, domestic, and military affairs; she wielded power for nearly a decade until she clashed with him...
's chosen metre, poulter's measure, consists of alexandrines (lines of twelve syllables or six feet) alternating with lines of fourteen syllables or seven feet). She embroiders her prose sources with invented speeches for her...
Henrietta Euphemia Tindal
hoped in this volume to have spoken in the language of truth and nature to the hearts
Tindal, Henrietta Euphemia. Lines and Leaves. Chapman and Hall, 1850.
of her readers. Many pieces treat spiritual or scriptural subjects, including the admiring St Mary Magdalene...
published under this name the first historical novel in her trilogy on Catherine de Medici
(queen consort of Henri II, King of France
): Madame Serpent.
Sturch, Elizabeth. “Review of <span data-tei-ns-tag="tei_title" data-tei-title-lvl=‘m’>Madame Serpent</span> by Jean Plaidy”. Times Literary Supplement, No. 2586, p. 529.