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An Interview of Susanne Dunlap, author of THE SPIRIT OF FIRE

Susanne Dunlap has just released THE SPIRIT OF FIRE, the second installment (already!) of her acclaimed ORPHANS OF TOLOSA trilogy, set during the 13th century during the crusade against the Cathar heresy, in a place that would soon become part of France. She kindly agreed to answer a few questions. What made you choose a […]

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THE GHOST OF MADISON AVENUE, by Nancy Bilyeau

I love Nancy Bilyeau’s novels and needed a fast read to distract me from thoughts that had been weighing me down during this Advent season. So, I purchased THE GHOST OF MADISON AVENUE. A fast read it was (it’s a novella) but one that will stay with me. In ten chapters, Bilyeau weaves many threads: […]

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An interview of Nancy Bilyeau, author of THE CHALICE

As I read THE CHALICE, my friend Nancy Bilyeau’s new novel in the Joanna Stafford series, I found that I couldn’t put it down until I was done with it. Nancy kindly agreed to answer a few questions for the readers of Versailles and More. Just when I thought that Tudor fiction had been written […]

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The Berkeley Square Affair, by Teresa Grant

Today it is my pleasure to welcome as a guest blogger my friend and fellow author Teresa Grant, whose new novel, The Berkeley Square Affair, was released yesterday. Congratulations, Teresa, and welcome to Versailles and More! ====================================== After five years, three books, and two novellas of adventures on the Continent (in Lisbon, Vienna, Brussels during Waterloo, […]

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The Paris Affair, by Teresa Grant

Remember my novel, For The King, where I introduced the rather repulsive (but historically correct) character of Joseph Fouché? Well, fellow author Tracy Grant offers another story featuring Napoléon’s least favorite and most indispensable minister. She kindly agreed to write this guest post for the readers of Versailles and More: The battle of Waterloo may have […]

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Miniature portraits: Jane Austen’s sentimental favourites

I mentioned yesterday the remarkable exhibition Miniatures from the Time of Marie Antoinette at the Philip Mould Gallery. Certainly Marie Antoinette and her brother Emperor Joseph II are represented there, but the vast majority of the sitters in the collection are unknown ladies and gentlemen. Why? Because, unlike grand portraits meant to be displayed in the […]

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Queen Victoria’s journals available online

“In this the year of my Diamond Jubilee,” writes Queen Elizabeth II, “I am delighted to be able to present, for the first time, the complete on-line collection of Queen Victoria’s journals from the Royal Archives. These diaries cover the period from Queen Victoria’s childhood days to her Accession to the Throne, marriage to Prince […]

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19th of May 1536: execution of Anne Boleyn

Though I don’t write Tudor fiction, I am fascinated by Anne Boleyn. This anniversary gives me an opportunity to return to Gareth Russell’s gripping recounting of the downfall of the young Queen at Confessions of A Ci-Devant. “Archbishops had knelt before her, foreign rulers had showered her with gifts, evangelicals had celebrated her as God’s Chosen […]

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For the King: the paperback is coming to a bookstore near you!

On July 5, on the day after my birthday! Here is a preview of the trade paperback cover, very similar to that of the hardcover. And a link to the book trailer. More news soon

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Chateau of Cirey

Voltaire’s Hideouts: Cirey and Ferney, a guest post by Laurel Corona

François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire was, to use a term not well translated into English, a provocateur. To Voltaire, most people did not “dare to think,” and his contempt was in equal parts for them and for powerful individuals and institutions that took advantage of people’s disinclination to use their minds. “Ecrasez l’infame!” was his motto, […]

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