In 1565 Joanna de Brough, a member of Catherine de Medict's private coterie at Blois (called the ""Squadron"") begins a...

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THE FAITH AND THE FLAME

In 1565 Joanna de Brough, a member of Catherine de Medict's private coterie at Blois (called the ""Squadron"") begins a diary which is to record the significant events in the years to come. Enmeshed in the affairs of court she is still committed to the precedent set by her mother who married for love, not position or wealth. With this inheritance she runs away with Philippe de Remy, a heretic Huguenot whose fanatical dedication to the cause of Protestantism weakens his faith in his Catholic wife and permits the malicious accusations of his mother to take hold. After the bombastic events at Remy where Joanna is betrayed by Philippe's mother and the estate is ruined, she flees back to her Florentine and is once again a lady of the ""Squadron"", remorseful over the estrangement from her husband and the separation from their daughter. When the official reconciliation (the marriage between Henry of Navarre and Margot) takes place Joanna is reunited with Philippe and their daughter. Set against an era of turbulence and internecine strife with historical portraits of Catherine de Medici, Louis de Conde, Henry of Navarre and others, the love story is sincere and scopic. To be appreciated by readers of the genre

Pub Date: Oct. 29, 1958

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Morrow Sloane

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1958