Interview at History Buff

Michelle Moran, author of the best-selling Nefertiti, interviewed me at History Buff. We talk about what prompted me to write Mistress of the Revolution, how much of it is fiction, my research, the role of women in the Church in the 18th century, among other things.

Many thanks to Michelle, and best wishes to her. She is working on the final edits of her second novel, The Heretic Queen. I am a fan of Egyptian history and can’t wait to read it.

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    Oh yes! The first who comes to mind is Queen Catherine de Medici, who happened to be Elizabeth’s contemporary.

  3. Danielle says:

    What wonderful questions! I’m not as good with French history as with British, but have there not been any (other than Marie Antoinette) really strong female leaders? I’m thinking of Elizabeth I–no French women who would be the equivalent?

  4. Eva says:

    I’ll be looking into them! Somehow, I’ve never come across any of those names. Looking forward to your post on Lafayette!


    You are very welcome, Michelle. Great questions!

  6. Thank you for taking the time to do the interview Catherine, which was one of my favorites. Very thorough and extremely interesting — as always ;]


    And I can’t believe I forgot the Countess de Segur for the 19th century! Talk about penning best-sellers…

    Pre-19th century, the greatest is in my opinion Madame de Lafayette, author of The Princess de Cleves. I will post on her shortly. There was a strong female intellectual current, known as the Precieuses, in the late 17th century.

    But there are so many others: Christine de Pisan, Louise Labe, Ninon de Lenclos, Marguerite de Navarre…

  8. Eva says:

    That is strange! And I can’t believe I forgot Eliot and Gaskell in my original list. Whoops.

    Who are the prominent pre-19th century French women authors?


    Ah Eva, Jane Austen is unique! So is the extraordinary crop of female Victorian writers over the following decades: not only the Brontes, but George Elliot and Elizabeth Gaskell.

    There is no French equivalent. Indeed I can think of no other notable French female writer in the 19th century than George Sand. She was very prolific and popular (and scandalous too.) Quite a character.

    It is quite strange, when you think of it, because you had prominent female writers in France before the 19th century, and through the 20th century. Why such a dearth of French female writers during the 19th century? I really can’t answer, but it remains a very interesting question.

  10. Eva says:

    Very interesting interview! I also have a question I’ve been meaning to ask for about a week now, lol:
    are there any French equivalents of Jane Austen? It seems like all the classic French authors I’ve heard of (and read) are guys-Dumas, Hugo, Flaubert, de Laclos. Were there any French women authors, like the Brontes or Austen or even Burney?


    Delighted to hear you liked it, Julianne!

  12. Great interview, Catherine!

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