A new biography of Madame de Maintenon, by Veronica Buckley
New in the United States, that is, because it was published last year in the UK. I saw this review in the New York Times.
What the NYT reviewer does not mention is that Ms. Buckley’s book had created quite a stir, in that it cited as a prominent source the Secret Diary of Louis XIV. The problem was that the diary in question had not been written by the Sun King but by French historian François Bluche. The UK publication date had to be postponed to allow for required corrections.
Fellow historical novelist Sandra Gulland, who has read the book (I have not) pointed out her blog, Baroque Explorations, other, less spectacular errors.
I visited Madame de Maintenon’s chateau this summer, and will post shortly on this beautiful place and its extraordinary owner…