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Daughter of Silk
Written on Silk

Book Three

LINDA LEE CHAIKIN

ZONDERVAN

Threads of Silk

Copyright © 2008 by Linda Chaikin

All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. By payment of the required fees, you have been granted the non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access and read the text of this e-book on-screen. No part of this text may be reproduced, transmitted, down-loaded, decompiled, reverse engineered, or stored in or introduced into any information storage and retrieval system, in any form or by any means, whether electronic or mechanical, now known or hereinafter invented, without the express written permission of Zondervan.

Mobipocket Edition February 2009 ISBN: 978-0-310-54257-5

Requests for information should be addressed to:

Zondervan,
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Chaikin, L. L.

Threads of silk / Linda Lee Chaikin.

p. cm. — (The silk house; bk. 3)

ISBN-13: 978-0-310-27310-3

1. Catherine de Medicis, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of France, 1519 – 1589 — Fiction. 2. Dressmakers — Fiction. 3. Courts and courtiers — Fiction. I. Title.

PS3553.H2427T485 2008

813’.54 — dc22

2007027367

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the
King James Version
.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means — electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other — except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.

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Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

Historical Characters

Threads of Silk

PART ONE: The Ties That Bind

Refuge

Laying the Trap

News from a Far Country

Put to the Test

The Broken Lock

To Bury a Treasure

With This Ring

Foes

Intruder

The Ultimatum

Serpent in the Garden

Murder?

At Court

PART 2: In the Shadow of the Serpent

Gowns for a Princesse

Bitter News

Oh, Beulah Land!

The Growing Menace

The Dark Agreement

Truth War

Danger and Providence

Au Revoir and Godspeed

Catch Up on the First Two Books in the Silk House Series!

Glossary of French Words

DAUGHTER OF SILK, BOOK ONE

WRITTEN ON SILK, BOOK TWO

Daughter of Silk

Written on Silk

About the Publisher

Share Your Thoughts

Historical Characters

Duchesse Montpensier
— of the House of Bourbon, a Huguenot

M. Jacques Lefévre d’Étaples
— translated first Bible into French
M. John Calvin
— writer of
Institutes of the Christian Religion
(
Christianae
Religionis Institutio
)

Prince Louis de Condé
— French general, of the House of Bourbon

Prince Antoine de Bourbon
— older brother of Louis. He later became King of Navarre through marriage to Huguenot Queen Jeanne d’Albret of Navarre.

Admiral Gaspard de Coligny
— had Normandy and Picardy under his security

Cardinal de Châtillon(Odet Coligny)
— brother of Gaspard and d’Andelot Coligny

Mary Stuart (la petite reinette)
— married Dauphin Francis Valois who became King Francis II

Charles de Montpensier (Duc de Bourbon)
— had rights to the throne that equaled, if not exceeded, those of the Valois

“Capitaine” l’Ollonaise
— French pirate

Henry of Anjou
— third son of Catherine de Medici and King Henry II (Valois)

Duc Francis de Guise
— of the infamous Borgias family from Florence, Italy

Catherine de Medici
— Queen and Regent of France over Francis II and Charles II Valois

Princesse Marguerite Valois
— daughter of Catherine de Medici and King Henry II (Valois), also called Margo

Monsieur Henry Guise
— later a duc, younger son of Duc Francis de Guise.

Anne d’Este
— wife of Duc de Guise (Francis)

Charles de Guise (Cardinal de Lorraine)
— younger brother of Duc Francis de Guise

Mme. Charlotte de Presney
— member of Catherine’s escadron volant

Madalenna
— Italian serving girl of Catherine de Medici

Prince Henry of Navarre
— son of Antoine de Bourbon and Jeanne d’Albret, King and Queen of Navarre

Maître Avenelle
— the betrayer of the Huguenots

Princesse Eleonore Condé
— a niece of Admiral Gaspard Coligny

Messire de la Renaudie
— a leader of the Huguenots, a retainer of Prince Louis de Condé

Ambroise le Pare
— physician and surgeon to kings, a Huguenot

Princesse Elisabeth Valois
— daughter of Catherine and Henry Valois, married Philip II of Spain

Montmorency family and the Constable of France
— Catholics who sided with the Bourbons in the end

Machiavelli
— Niccolo Machiavelli, a cunning and cruel man; he was associated with corrupt, totalitarian government because of a small pamplet he wrote called “The Prince” to gain influence with the ruling Medici family in Florence.

Alessandro (the abuser)
— a brother of Catherine de Medici

Cosmo and Lorenzo Ruggerio
— brothers from Florence, Catherine’s astrologers and poison makers

Rene
— parfumer, also Catherine’s poisoner

Duc of Alva
— Spanish general

Marechal de Saint Andre
— a marshal of France
Monsieur Theodore Beza

— French Reformer, disciple of John Calvin

Cardinal d’Este
— from Ferrara, Italy

Poet Tasso
— a poet from Italy

Ronsard
— a poet who served the Valois Court

Hercule Valois
— the fourth and youngest son of Catherine and Henry Valois, little is known of him

Anne du Bourg
— a Huguenot man sent to the Bastille by Henry II. He was burned at the stake under the Cardinal de Lorraine when boy-king Francis ruled with Queen Mother Catherine. The Huguenots then felt betrayed and planned the Amboise plot.

Nostradamus
— a soothsayer in the Roman Catholic Church
Jacopo Sadeleto
— Archbishop of Carpentras

Chantonnay
— Thomas Perrenot de Chantonnay, Spanish ambassador to France

Alencome
— Monsieur Ronsard d’Alencome, French Ambassador to the English Court and spy for Catherine

Threads of Silk

PART ONE: The Ties That Bind

Refuge

H
OW FAR BEHIND IS THE ENEMY
? A
DAY
,
SEVERAL HOURS
?
O
R ARE THEY AHEAD
,
waiting in ambush
?

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