Posts Tagged ‘books’


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 […]

tarot La Maison Dieu House of God

Fortune Telling: Death, the House of God and the French Revolution

The Right Honourable Miss Moppet, heroine of the Misadventures of same name, has a post on the deleted chapter of Mistress of the Revolution. Not only that, but Miss Moppet puts my own Gabrielle in the company of Sergeanne Golon’s Angélique, Sandra Gulland’s Joséphine B, and Françoise Chandernagor’s Madame de Maintenon in the magnificent L’allée du […]

Nights Dark Shade Elena Maria Vidal

An interview of Elena Maria Vidal, author of The Night’s Dark Shade

To introduce Elena Maria Vidal’s new novel, The Night’s Dark Shade, I will be content to quote the opening words of her preface: The Night’s Dark Shade is a novel of thirteenth-century France. The Middle Ages was an era of intensity. People applied themselves with great ardor to every endeavor, be it art, poetry, warfare, […]

Die Braut des Jakobiners Catherine Delors

Book promotion, Die Braut des Jakobiners, foreign rights and various updates

As you probably know, many traditional media have cut down on their book review sections (sad, it was always the first section I read in my Sunday paper). Fortunately for writers and readers alike, literary bloggers have stepped in. We now have many more outlets, run, often without any expectation of profit, by people who […]

Jane Austen Cassandra Austen

A Memoir of Jane Austen, by James Edward Austen-Leigh

For decades I read and reread Jane Austen’s novels and yet refused to touch any biographies or scholarly analysis of her works. Why? I guess I wanted to preserve an unmitigated access to her. She was to remain my Jane Austen. How wrong I was! I have come full circle and joined online lists. I […]

Wench Dolen Perkins Valdez

An interview of Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Wench

A few years before the Civil War, in the “free” state of Ohio,Tawawa House offers respite from the summer heat. A beautiful, inviting house surrounded by a dozen private cottages, the resort is favored by wealthy Southern White men who vacation there, accompanied by their enslaved mistresses. Regular visitors Lizzie, Reenie, andSweet have forged an […]

Charles Perrault

Monsieur Perrault and his fairy tales

You seem to have enjoyed my Halloween Cinderella, which, added to my own inclination to do so, is reason enough to dedicate a series of posts to Perrault’s fairytales. But first we should meet the author. Charles Perrault was born in Paris in 1628 into a family of wealthy bourgeois. As befitted his status, he […]

Gustave Dore Cinderella

Perrault’s Cendrillon

About an excerpt of Charles Perrault’s Cendrillon, illustrated here by Gustave Doré? You know the story, of course. Cendrillon, morally abandoned by her father and treated as a servant by her stepmother, is crying her eyes out at home. Her stepsisters, in their best finery, are gone to the Prince’s ball. But Cendrillon’s godmother appears […]

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton’s Paris, and The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton must be the most French of American writers. Not only did she live in France and use it as a setting for her novels, she understood the country. Have you seen this piece by Elaine Sciolino in the New York Times? Make sure you don’t miss the slide show, though I wish the […]

Sheramy Bundrick

Interview of Sheramy Bundrick, author of Sunflowers

Sheramy, welcome back to Versailles and more, and thank you for your beautiful guest post on Van Gogh’s Montmartre. Thank you for having me! In your acknowledgments, you recount how Sunflowers began with a walk at Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh lived and died. Then you have a separate note about places: not only Auvers, but […]