Title: The Least Foolish Woman in France
Author: Rozsa Gaston
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: April 12th, 2019
In a startling twist on the #MeToo movement, discover the secret torment of a future king of France caught between two royal sisters-in-law: one his worst nightmare, the other the deepest desire of his heart.
Anne de Beaujeu is France’s most powerful woman in 1491. Yet she can’t have the one thing she wants most: the love of Louis, Duke d’Orléans, future king of France. Why not? He’s already in love with another Anne.
Anne of Brittany is the bride of Charles VIII, King of France and Louis’ brother-in-law through Jeanne of France, Louis’ wife. Forced at age fourteen to marry the hunchbacked sterile second daughter of Louis XI, Louis is caught in the web of the spider king. His intent? To stamp out Louis’ line so that upon his death his lands and holdings revert to the French crown.
Trapped in a loveless marriage that produces no children, Louis turns his energies to becoming France’s top tennis player when he isn’t dallying with fair ladies of the court. But when he attracts the eye of his wife’s elder sister Anne de Beaujeu, regent of France in the young King Charles VIII’s minority, Louis vows he will not be caught in anyone’s web again. To escape her attentions he flees over France’s border to Brittany. There, he allies himself with Anne of Brittany’s father, Duke Francis II, in the Breton struggle to fight off French domination in what is known as the Mad War.
When Louis is taken captive in the French defeat of Brittany at the 1488 battle of Saint-Aubin, Anne de Beaujeu has him locked up. But capturing his body does not mean she has captured his heart.
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Rozsa Gaston writes playful books on serious matters, including the struggles women face to get what they want out of life. She studied European history at Yale, and received her Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. In between, Gaston worked as a singer/pianist all over the world. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her family.
Gaston is currently working on Anne and Louis: Middle Years, Book Three of the Anne of Brittany Series, a fictional account of the life of Anne of Brittany, Queen of France, during the middle years of her second marriage from 1499-1514 to Louis XII, King of France. Her other books include Sense of Touch: Love and Duty at Anne of Brittany’s Court, Budapest Romance, Dog Sitters, Paris Adieu, Black is Not a Color, and Running from Love.