This week we've been talking about our favorite heroines. I found my favorite so compelling and strong I've read her story at least three times. Her name is Cordelia, and she was the best friend of Marie Antoinette. The book is called "The Diamond Slipper" by Jane Feather. Cordelia and Marie grew up together, and as best friends and companions, got married at around the same time to men they didn't meet until it was time for the wedding.
Since Cordelia's marriage was not as important as Marie's, she had a small ceremony. Her husband was a prince of Prussia. He wasn't even in attendance at the wedding. He had a proxy stand in for him. And that's where the romance started. She fell in love with the proxy.
What made her so compelling? Her husband was a cruel man. She spent her nights being tortured by the man she was bound to. He had two children that she loved with all her heart. She loved them enough to endure endless punishments for having any interest in them. Their father never spent any time with them, they were being raised by his sister who was an incompetent, ignorant woman. And he was just counting the days until he could marry them off to get them out his hair. No one knew he murdered his first wife (the hero's sister). They thought she died of a strange illness, but the truth was he slowly poisoned her. He even gave Cordelia a charm bracelet that belonged to his dead wife as a wedding present. He just added a diamond slipper charm. But through it all, she had enough love in her for his children and the man she truly loved to survive.
I find heroines like this amazing. It reminds me of a line in Aladdin. When you're not supposed to die, it's amazing what you can live through.