Author: Chantal Thomas
Publisher: Le Seuil
Nous sommes à Vienne, en 1810, dans une ville humiliée et ruinée par la victoire de Napoléon. Une femme, Agathe-Sidonie Laborde, ancienne lectrice de Marie-Antoinette, se souvient de Versailles et, plus précisément (parce que c'est pour elle une hantise), des 14, 15 et 16 juillet 1789, jours d'effondrement durant lesquels, Louis XVI ayant cédé sur tout, les intimes de la famille royale et une grande partie de la Cour se dispersent. Agathe elle-même s'est enfuie alors, dans la nuit du 16, avec la famille de Polignac. A travers une reconstitution minutieuse et fébrile de ses dernières heures à Versailles, Agathe découvre la force de sa fascination pour la Reine et la beauté émouvante et singulière du monde qu'elle s'était créé. Un monde placé sous le signe du luxe et de l'élégance, de l'obsession du détail, du goût des espaces protégés, un univers brillant de toutes les apparences du bonheur, sauf que le désir comme l'amour n'y avaient pas de voix pour se dire. Mais est-ce le drame de la Reine ou celui de sa lectrice ?
Author: Chantal Thomas
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Agathe-Sidonie Laborde, Marie Antoinette's reader, recounts her memories of living at Versailles during the final days of the French revolution.
Author: Chantal Thomas
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Set in the French and Spanish courts of the eighteenth century, this novel is based on a true story about the fate of two young princesses caught in the intrigues and secrets of the moment Philippe d’Orléans, the regent of France, has a gangrenous heart—the result of a life of debauchery, alcohol, power, and flattery. One morning in 1721, he decides to marry eleven-year-old Louis XV to the daughter of Philippe V of Spain, who is only four. Orléans hopes this will tie his kingdom to Spain. But were Louis to die without begetting an heir—the likeliness of which is greatly increased by having a child bride—Orléans himself would finally be king. Orléans tosses his own daughter into the bargain, the twelve-year-old Mlle de Montpensier, who will marry the Prince of Asturias, the heir to the Spanish throne. The Spanish court enthusiastically agrees and arrangements are made. The two nations trade their princesses in a grand ceremony in 1722, making bonds that should end the historical conflict. Nothing turns out as expected.
Author: W. H. Lewis
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
“The Splendid Century,” penned by the brother of famous author C. S. Lewis (“Alice in Wonderland”), is a depiction of various aspects of life in France during the reign of Louis XIV, gleaned through the author’s thorough research of records, correspondence, and journals of the time. Using anecdotal evidence, the book probes in detail various facets of life in France during this time, including the lives of nobles (particularly those at court) as well as commoners, religious institutions and conflicts, the organization of the French army and its restructuring, rural life and city life, what life was like on galley ships and passenger sailing ships, how doctors were trained, and the state of women’s education. The author also discusses the background behind Louis XIV’s policies, illustrating their impact on French civilization, both during this time and for generations to come. A must-read for anyone interested in French history.
Author: Simon Schama
In May 2005 Penguin will publish 70 unique titles to celebrate the company's 70th birthday. The titles in the Pocket Penguins series are emblematic of the renowned breadth of quality of the Penguin list and will hark back to Penguin founder Allen Lane's vision of good books for all'. whose books and TV series have enthralled huge audiences through their gripping storytelling. Citizens, his award-winning account of the French Revolution, has continued to be one of Penguin's most popular history titles since it was first published in 1989. This extract takes us into the heart of the revolution's ferment as the angry crowd storm the Bastille
Author: Alistair Fox, Michel Marie, RaphaÃ«lle Moine, Hilary Radner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Alistair Fox is Professor Emeritus at the University of Otago.
Author: Chantal Thomas
Publisher: Algora Publishing
40 million American women of marriageable age are single. This approachable essay addresses many of their concerns in a profound and delightful way. Inspired by the authorOCOs own experiences as well as by 18th century philosophers, and literary and histori"
Author: Jean-Paul Dubois
Meet Paul Blick: born in France (but not Paris); son of a car dealer; provincial sociology student-cum-theoretical revolutionary; briefly employed (by his father-in-law); married and soon to discover adultery and other satisfactions of a desperate househusband as consort of a high-flying wife who conquers the world as CEO of a Jacuzzi-manufacturing company. This not-so-extraordinary Frenchman is delivered to the not-so-extraordinary awareness of having arrived in middle age more a product of his times, his country, and blind chance than a creature of his own free will. Jean-Paul Dubois gives us a man whose life reflects the story – the mind and the heart – of a society coming belatedly, poignantly, and often hilariously to grips with the abiding pain and intermittent beauty of what living has become. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: James Carville, Stan Greenberg
Explores how worldviews on the state of the American economy differ between the public and elected officials, sharing assessments of areas where the government has erred and actions that voters can take.
Author: Jennifer McVeigh
Set in Kenya in the 1950s against the fading backdrop of the British Empire, a story of self-discovery, betrayal, and an impossible love from the author of The Fever Tree. After six years in England, Rachel has returned to Kenya and the farm where she spent her childhood, but the beloved home she'd longed for is much changed. Her father's new companion--a strange, intolerant woman--has taken over the household. The political climate in the country grows more unsettled by the day and is approaching the boiling point. And looming over them all is the threat of the Mau Mau, a secret society intent on uniting the native Kenyans and overthrowing the whites. As Rachel struggles to find her place in her home and her country, she initiates a covert relationship, one that will demand from her a gross act of betrayal. One man knows her secret, and he has made it clear how she can buy his silence. But she knows something of her own, something she has never told anyone. And her knowledge brings her power.