The Enemies of Versailles
Release date: March 21, 2017
Atria Books/Simon & Schuster 416 pages
Synopsis: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:Sally Christie is the author of The Sisters of Versailles and 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. Learn more her Versailles trilogy on her website Become a fan to hear about her next novels! Visit her Facebook Page Check her Pinterest page
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Animals at VersaillesJust like today, people in the 18th century kept a great deal of pets: cats, dogs, birds. Because of their importance for the hunt, dogs especially figured large in every aristocrat’s life. Louis XV was so fond of his hunting dogs he got individual portraits done of each of them!
Then just as now, people kept pets for love and companionship, but also for status. As the century wore on and trade expanded, travelers and explorers bought back exotic birds and animals like monkeys from Asia and Africa. The palace of Versailles was also home to a Menagerie, stocked with exotic animals given as gifts from foreign rulers to the king of France. It was built when the palace of Versailles was built in the 17th century, but Louis XV, despite being a great animal lover, was not as interested in it as his predecessor. During the Revolution most of the animals died and the cages were used to house political prisoners.
This rather snooty 18th century lady was apparently so fond of her cat that she sat with it for her portrait, and the luxurious, padded kennel (or cat house?) shows that their masters spoilt them as much as we spoil our pets!
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