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Narrowing down the cover images for the Valois Mistress

Making a final decision on the cover design for The Valois Mistress is driving me around the bend these days.  I think that I’m just too attached to Charlotte de Sauve to be partial.

The finalists:

These are the ones that made the final cut.

Why not use her actual portrait?

I really wish that I could.  Unfortunately, the colors are so washed out that it won’t show up very well on a cover image.  This is Clouet’s portrait of Charlotte:

Not only are they made up of earth tones, they are freaking tiny!  Clouet made them to be a 16th century version of school portraits.  They started small and portable, for practical reasons.  To give you an idea of their scale, look at them displayed at the Louvre:

Clouet room at the Louvre

I made things harder on myself in deciding to make the cover image faithful to how Charlotte has always been described:  blonde.  Plenty of women dyed their hair and wore wigs to look blonde, but in my research I found that Charlotte apparently got her hair color the honest way.  Finding a 16th century portrait of a blonde woman has been like looking for a needle in a haystack.

You can read Charlotte’s story in my upcoming book, The Valois Mistress.  Members of my newsletter list get exclusive sneak peek’s and a chance to get the book for free before it’s available to the public.  Click here to join the list.  You’ll get a FREE book just for signing up!

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