Posts Tagged ‘historical fiction’

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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, […]



Time travel with the Examiner

Not only was I asked 10 questions by Kayla Posney of the Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner, but I answered! Truthfully too. Let’s get started. 1. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?



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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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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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Eleanor of Aquitaine and My Love Affair with Paris

Another guest post by my friend and fellow historical novelist Christy English, whose new book, TO BE QUEEN: A NOVEL OF THE EARLY LIFE OF ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE, was just released. Heartfelt congratulations to Christy, and best wishes for this new novel of the great Alienor! ================================== I loved Paris before I ever saw it. […]



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The King’s Speech: Jane Austen, Winston Churchill, the airbrush and the Vaseline

Warning: this is not a proper film review, just a few thoughts on Jane Austen and on the ethics of historical fiction. For one thing, I must say that found watching The King’s Speech wonderfully satisfying, as a sort of anti-Black Swan experience. A careful, unobstrusive direction, the compelling story of a man overcoming the […]



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Madame Royale, a novel by Elena Maria Vidal

The French Restoration (1814-1830) is an era woefully neglected by historical novelists. Fortunately, Elena Maria Vidal helps fill this void with her Madame Royale. Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte de France, Duchesse d’Angoulême, was the eldest child of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, and later the last Queen of France, albeit for a few minutes, until her husband’s abdication on […]



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The Princess de Montpensier, by Madame de Lafayette (and now Bertrand Tavernier)

Madame de Lafayette’s most famous work is -righty- the Princess de Clèves, mais she also wrote memoirs and short stories. One of them, the Princess de Montpensier, is available online in English as well as the beautiful, original 17th century French version. Montpensier does not show the same mastery as Clèves, written 16 years years […]



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For the King: the audio book

I received my copies of the audio book, and couldn’t resist listening to the voice of Steven Crossley reading my novel. I will not lie to you: it is a strange feeling to hear my own words read back to me! And what about Roch and his father speaking in British-accented tones? But within minutes […]