"No mother, I
shall not keep the black diamond. It is an accursed jewel.
brought nothing but misfortune."
Catherine to Dame Isabelle Chapter One
"No!...God is my witness that I love you too and that
I would tear this love from
my breast if I could, because it is killing me. But you must
Arnaud de Montsalvy to Catherine his wife Chapter Three
"And what is left to me of it?
I am all alone, always aone - I have no more love,
Catherine de Montsalvy to Gauthier her faithful servant
"Monseigneur, your welcome has moved and touched me more
than I can say. But
I beg you to make use of me exactly as you would havae made
use of my beloved
husband had it pleased God to spare him! My only remaining
desire on this earth
is to avenge him and restore to my son what is rightfully
Catherine to Queen Yolande and her Chevaliers Chapter
"I shall call you Tchalai...which means "star" in our
tongue...but until we get there you are still Catherine, as you
Sara to Catherine de Montsalvy Chapter Six
"You must realize that I have given a part of this heart
to your husband, that Arnaud
all stiff with pride and passion and suffering whom I saw
one night, weeping like a
child for his shattered life and condemned love...
Sara to Catherine de Montsalyv Chapter Eleven
"Stop...you know very well no man will ever take his
place...and that I'll never love
another as I loved him...as I still love him!"
Catherine to Sara Chapter Eleven
"...on your knees! And ask God to pardon you for the evil
you have done, for torturing
my husband, betraying Jeanne d'Arc, pillaging the kingdom,
sacrificing so many
Catherine to Catherine de la Trémoille Chapter Eleven
Every time I see you, you look more beautiful,
Catherine...Why do you refuse to allow
me to care of you for always?"
Pierre de Brézé to Catherine de Montsalvy Chapter Twelve
"There are so few pretty women, and now you are
wanting to leave us! What is there
so attractive about this Auvergne of yours?"
King Charles VII to Catherine Chapter Thirteen
"You were rightly destined for our family, Catherine. Almost
by instinct you seem to
have stumbled on the old tradition by which the châteleines
of Montsalvy would go
to Puy, in times of war and danger, to implore divine help
and offer their most
beautiful jewels to the Madonna. Go, my daughter, you think
as a true Montsalvy would!"
Isabelle de Montsalvy to Catherine Chapter Fifteen