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The Queen's Lover

du Plessix Gray, Francine

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ISBN 10: 1594203377 / ISBN 13: 9781594203374
Editorial: Penguin Press, New York, 2012
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Título: The Queen's Lover

Editorial: Penguin Press, New York

Año de publicación: 2012

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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A “deeply intelligent” and “spellbinding” historical novel of Marie Antoinette on the eve of the French Revolution (The Washington Post)

Francine du Plessix Gray’s beautifully realized historical novel reveals the untold love story between Swedish aristocrat Count Axel von Fersen and Marie Antoinette. The romance begins at a masquerade ball in Paris in 1774, when the dashing nobleman first meets the mesmerizing nineteen-year-old dauphine, wife of the reclusive prince who will soon become Louis XVI. This electric encounter launches a love affair that will span the course of the French Revolution.

As their relationship deepens, Fersen becomes a devoted companion to the entire royal family. Roaming the halls of Versailles and visiting the private haven of Le Petit Trianon, he discovers the deepest secrets of the court, even learning the startling erotic details of Marie Antoinette’s marriage to Louis XVI. But his new intimacy with Marie Antoinette and her family is disrupted when the events of the American Revolution tear Fersen away. Moved by the cause, he joins French troops in the fight for American independence.

He returns to find France on the brink of disintegration. After the Revolution of 1789 the royal family is moved from Versailles to the Tuileries. Fersen devises an escape for the family and their young children (Marie-Thérèse and the dauphin—whom many suspect is in fact Fersen’s son). The failed attempt leads to a more grueling imprisonment, and the family spends its excruciating final days captive before the king and queen face the guillotine.

Grieving his lost love in his native Sweden, Fersen begins to sense the effects of the French Revolution in his homeland. Royalists are now targets, and the sensuous aristocratic world of his youth is fast vanishing. Fersen is incapable of realizing that centuries of tradition have disappeared, and he pays dearly for his naïveté, losing his life at the hands of a savage mob that views him as a pivotal member of the ruling class.

Scion of Sweden’s most esteemed nobility, Fersen came to be seen as an enemy of the country he loved. His fate is symbolic of the violent speed with which the events of the eighteenth century transformed European culture. Expertly researched and deeply imagined, The Queen’s Lover is a fresh vision of the French Revolution and the French royal family as told through the love story that was at its center.

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How History Savvy Are You?
Brush up on your knowledge of Marie Antoinette’s royal court and the history that inspired The Queen’s Lover in this Amazon exclusive quiz.

Where was Marie Antoinette born?

  1. Austria
  2. Russia
  3. France
  4. Hungary

What was Axel von Fersen’s nickname?

  1. Axel
  2. Fersen
  3. Le Comte Suedois
  4. Le beau Fersen

What is the name of Fersen’s sister, and co-narrator of The Queen’s Lover?

  1. Sophie
  2. Eleanor
  3. Marguerite
  4. Sophia Magdalena

What was Marie Antoinette’s full name?

  1. Marie-Therese Antoinette
  2. Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna
  3. Archduchess Marie Antoinette of Austria
  4. Maria Antonia Teresa

Where did Marie Antoinette and Axel von Fersen meet?

  1. Versailles
  2. The Paris opera
  3. The Swedish court
  4. The court of Joseph II, Marie Antoinette’s brother

At what age did Marie Antoinette meet Axel von Fersen?

  1. 15
  2. 25
  3. 31
  4. 19

In which 18th century war did Fersen fight in?

  1. Russo-Turkish War
  2. American Revolution
  3. Anglo-Spanish War
  4. Russo-Persian War

Where did Marie Antoinette spend her last few weeks?

  1. La Conciergerie
  2. The Bastille
  3. The Louvre
  4. La Force Prison

Which of Marie Antoinette’s children was reputed to be fathered by Fersen?

  1. Marie Therese
  2. Louis Joseph
  3. Louis-Charles
  4. Princess Sophie

What did Marie Antoinette stipulate be included in the plans of the ill-fated flight to Varennes?

  1. Her children’s favorite snacks
  2. Her husband’s favorite book of poems
  3. Her hairdresser
  4. The family’s heirloom jewelry

Once the French Revolution started and royal mail was being intercepted, how did Marie Antoinette and Fersen communicate with each other?

  1. Secret code embedded in the text of well-known books
  2. Spoken messages delivered through special couriers
  3. Letters in invisible ink
  4. They couldn’t communicate once the revolution started

Who said “let them eat cake?”

  1. Marie Antoinette
  2. Marie-Therese
  3. Maria Theresa
  4. Joséphine de Beauharnais

How long did Marie Antoinette’s love affair with von Fersen last?

  1. Five years
  2. Ten years
  3. Fifteen years
  4. Nineteen years

Answers: 1-a; 2-d; 3-a; 4-b; 5-b; 6-d; 7-b; 8-a; 9-c; 10-c; 11-c; 12-b; 13-d

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