Posts Tagged ‘Madame de Lafayette’

Princesse de Montpensier Melanie Thierry

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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The last days of Anne Boleyn

Just as I was writing my latest post on the 400th anniversary of the assassination of the bon roy Henri IV, I was finishing C.W. Gortner’s beautiful Confessions of Catherine de Medici (more on this one soon…) Also rereading Madame de Lafayette’s Princesse de Clèves, featuring, among other historical characters, the same Catherine and her […]



La Princesse de Cleves 1678

La Princesse de Clèves, by Madame de Lafayette

One of the finest literary works ever written in French is a historical novel, La Princesse de Clèves, published in 1678. I first read it in high school, because it was part of the curriculum. Truth be told, I found the Princesse rather dry and uninspiring at the time. And then one night, many years […]