The Enemies of Versailles
Release date: March 21, 2017
at Atria Books/Simon & Schuster
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In the final installment of Sally Christie’s “tantalizing” (New York Daily News) Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, Jeanne Becu, a woman of astounding beauty but humble birth, works her way from the grimy back streets of Paris to the palace of Versailles, where the aging King Louis XV has become a jaded and bitter old philanderer. Jeanne bursts into his life and, as the Comtesse du Barry, quickly becomes his official mistress.
“That beastly bourgeois Pompadour was one thing; a common prostitute is quite another kettle of fish.”
After decades of suffering the King’s endless stream of Royal Favorites, the princesses of the Court have reached a breaking point. Horrified that he would bring the lowborn Comtesse du Barry into the hallowed halls of Versailles, Louis XV’s daughters, led by the indomitable Madame Adelaide, vow eternal enmity and enlist the young dauphiness Marie Antoinette in their fight against the new mistress. But as tensions rise and the French Revolution draws closer, a prostitute in the palace soon becomes the least of the nobility’s concerns.
Told in Christie’s witty and engaging style, the final book in The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy will delight and entrance fans as it once again brings to life the sumptuous and cruel world of eighteenth century Versailles, and France as it approaches irrevocable change.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
is the author of The Sisters of Versailles
The Rivals of Versailles.
She was born in England and grew up around the world,
attending eight schools in three different languages.
She spent most of her career working
in international development and currently lives in Toronto.
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What I adore about this series, and this book, is Christie’s ability to present facts mingled with fiction in voices that are far from the normal speakers of history.
Fabulous conclusion of this trilogy on Versailles. Through the author’s careful study and lively style, a major page of French history is made fascinating and easy to understand.
I would highly recommend the novel as a great primer on the circumstances and events announcing the French Revolution, as well as its dreadful happenings.
I love the author’s writing style, her words took me to France.
I love reading about strong women in history, especially ones I am unfamiliar with, in location and time periods I rarely venture into, and this series did not disappoint.
Reading this series has perked my interest in French history.
Definitely a series I highly recommend.
The book has really lived up to the previous two books; Sisters in Versailles and Rivals in Versailles, and perhaps in some cases even surpassed Rivals in Versailles.
For a wonderful and vivid portrait of the final glittering years of Court of Versailles, do pick up and read this wonderful gem.
This is a great book, very rich in detail, and entertaining. It’s a good way to get an introduction to the period that won’t bore you with a dry history tome. I really need to make a point of reading the other two books in the series, because they sound quite good.