Discover the Paris of For the King

Alex at Historical Tapestry has a wonderful post on the Paris of For the King. She remarks, and how right she is, that the city is one of the main characters of the novel. So she illustrated various passages with paintings and engravings of the old Paris, and photographs of the modern one. It is fascinating to see how much, and how little these places have changed. One of the more challenging -and fun- aspects of writing the novel was to trace my characters, both real and fictional, through the fashionable avenues and muddy, rutted unpaved alleys of the city.

I will quote Gabrielle de Montserrat, the heroine of my first novel, Mistress of the Revolution: “I fell in love with Paris. Indeed I am still under its thrall, in spite of these twenty years of exile.” This statement is purely autobiographical, and I can still claim it as mine, except for the fact that now I have rejoined my beloved city.

Well, it seems that Alex, judging by her beautiful post and pictures, is, like Gabrielle and me, under the thrall of Paris…

Also check out her blog, Le Canapé (bien sûr!)


Paris: the Pont-Royal in 1850

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5 Comments to “Discover the Paris of For the King”

  1. Genevieve Montgomery says:

    This picture seems to depict the old Palais des Tuileries, adjoining the pavilion on its’ right. In that event, we can never return to this scene, unless the reconstruction committee has its’ way..yet not as it was in its’ day.. and the days in which your novel are set, when the Palais des Tuileries did still stand.

  2. The Revolution dispersed much of the furniture at Versailles, but it froze the building in time. Yes, it is a tourist mecca, and a museum, and and ensemble of palaces, great and small, and a gorgeous park. A very complex and beautiful place. There is no end to Versailles…

  3. Yes, Penny! Some day…

  4. Penny says:

    one more thing, I saw a BBC documentary on Paris with an actual Frenchwoman. Not from Paris of course. I think she said either Nantes or Nancy. My ears must be filled with wax. LOL. anyway it is a beautiful city, no wonder you return again and again. I was disappointed that Bastille Day and the Revolution got such short explanation as the parade is going by in celebration. It also would have been nice to see the concierge and what it is now used for but instead it focused on how it was rebuilt by Napoleon and others.
    So of course I ask did the revolution spell the end of Versailles? Is it only a tourist mecca now? Just museums?

  5. Penny says:

    Beautiful picture. Is it in public domain?
    One day I hope to see it in person.

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