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  • Too Perfect to be Believable

    It was a good retelling of the life of Diane de Poitiers ( from the beginning of her return to court to King Henri's death), but I find it lacks the necessary drama that a book of this length needs. Diane is too perfect, she has no faults, no selfish needs, no scheming. I find this unbelievable for a mistress of the French Court. One thing that bothered me, as it always does, is the purposeful nature of the unflattering descriptions of her romantic rivals. Queen Catherine is constantly described as "fleshy" and there's even mention of Henri hearing her large legs move against her gown (while she is pregnant no less). I think it's fair to see that she is Diane's rival without making her supremely unattractive, especially while mentioning her weight. The same goes for her rival Janet Stuart. You can make those characters unlikeable without having to also make them revolting in their description.

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