The story is set in the time of the Reformation (1517-1559) which was a time of religious persecution for the Huguenots. The Huguenots were a group of French Protestants who criticized the Roman Catholic Church, specifically the many rites and rituals of the church. The Huguenots thought that Christians should live their lives with simple faith in God. They relied on God for their salvation, not on the rituals of the Church.
While growing up, Jeanne became aware of the injustices done towards the Huguenots. They were killed and persecuted for their faith. She didn’t like the way they were treated just because they stood up for what they believed. When she became Queen, she chose to publicly take a stand for the Huguenot faith.
Like Margaret Wilson in “Against the Tide: The Valor of Margaret Wilson,” another book in this series, Jeanne D’Albret was strong enough to stand up for what was right and just, even though her parents, and even her husband, weren’t.
There is a glossary of terms at the end of the book that defines some of the words used in the text that might not be familiar to the reader.
What I Like: As I’ve said before, I like historical fiction, especially stories that are written as well as this one.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: Young adult.
Publisher Info: P & R Publishing, 2006; ISBN: 087552642X; Paperback, $11.99
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Special Info: This book is part of P & R Publishing’s Chosen Daughter’s series. According to the publisher, “The Chosen Daughters series highlights the lives of ordinary women who by God’s grace accomplish extraordinary things.” Read our reviews of other books in the series. Visit the author’s website.