Thursday, February 14, 2013

"Renee of France" by Simonetta Carr

"Renee of France" combines subjects like the Protestant Reformation, John Calvin, and Italian society with Renee, a woman who supported Calvin but was married to a man who served the Pope. Renee wants to be strong, but will the balance she must strike work?

Renee lived in 16th century Italy. Her life was structured and ordered by not only her nobility, but also her husband's occupation. The Duke of Ferrara served the Pope, and would not tolerate any talk of the Protestant Reformation. But, Renee believed in the principles held by John Calvin, and corresponded with him. She had many questions to ask. Her desire to help others who also struggled led her to open her home as a place of refuge and strength. The teaching done there led to the founding of a college. Renee provided inspiration for those she helped then, and continues to inspire readers today.

I like the idea of "Bitesize Biographies" because their size not only entices the reader, but the information included packs a quick punch. I found myself admiring Renee and wishing I could have met her. The road she chose wasn't easy, but she persevered and is an example to all. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn some history and strengthen their faith. I received my free review copy in exchange for participation in the blog tour.


  1. Donna,

    Thanks for contributing to the Bitesize Biographies - Renee of France blog tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book.

    Shaun Tabatt
    Cross Focused Reviews

  2. Thank you Donna for this thoughtful review. I am glad you liked the book!