Posts Tagged ‘review’

Versailles: The Dream of a King (France 2 version)

This film ran on the BBC a few days ago, and is available for streaming on the France 2 site (from France only, 1.99 euros.) You can also watch it from anywhere, and for free, at Dailymotion. The DVD is sold at Amazon.fr under the original title Versailles, le reve d’un roi (careful with the […]



A new review of Mistress of the Revolution

First I wish to apologize for a longer than usual silence. I spent the Holy Week and Easter in Los Angeles, and personal concerns have kept me from writing for the past few days. Friends had warned me that Los Angeles had been hard hit by the recession, but I didn’t expect to find my […]



Reviews of Mistress of the Revolution

My publisher tells me the paperback sales look very good, and I want to tell you about more reviews. In chronological order, we have Heather at Raging Bibliomania: “a very gripping story. The narrative never lost its focus or drive, but remained compelling and interesting throughout… I although the book was lengthy, It didn’t feel […]



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The Duchess

I had read many reviews of this film, some rather good, some rather bad, so I went to see this film with an open mind. That was two weeks ago, upon its release in France. Now I realize I shouldn’t tarry anymore in writing my review because this is not the kind of movie that […]



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Sweeney Todd, by Tim Burton

Was Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeny Todd, alias the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a historical character, or is this grim story an urban legend? After seeing this film, I could not care less. First I want to say that I admire much of Tim Burton’s work. TheNightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite movies, […]



The Duchess, by Amanda Foreman: first impressions

I want to finish Amanda Foreman‘s biography of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, before watching the upcoming film starring Keira Knightley. I will post a series of mini-reviews on the book as I read it. First I should note that Ms. Foreman shines in her depiction of the ton, a French word that designates the world […]



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The Black Tower, by Louis Bayard, and an upcoming interview of the author

I am always on the lookout for French-themed historical fiction. So when I heard of The Black Tower by Louis Bayard, I knew I had to read the novel. The setting is 1818 Paris. The Bourbons have been unsteadily restored to the throne of France after the successive upheavals of the Revolution and Napoleon’s reign. […]



The Other Boleyn Girl

Historical fiction in film: The Other Boleyn Girl

I did not see this film at the time of its theatrical release. I was content to watch it last week during a transatlantic flight. Granted, these were not ideal viewing conditions, but this kind of cramped setting has never prevented me from discovering, and appreciating great movies. Unfortunately, The Other Boleyn Girl did not […]



A Bastille Day review of Mistress of the Revolution

By Lezlie at Books’N Border Collies: As Gabrielle de Montserrat, a French aristocrat, pens her memoir, the reader gets not only the anticipated up-close-and-personal view of the French Revolution, but also grim reminders of the lack of control women had over their lives … (more). And Lezlie discovered Mistress of the Revolution after reading Eva’s […]



A third award for Excellence, and a new review of Mistress of the Revolution

I am spoiled! Barely two weeks after being tagged by Cinderella at World of Royalty and Sofia’s Royal Sweden with awards for blogging excellence, I receive yet another award from the ladies of Historical Tapestry. They write “we think there’s no such thing as too many awards when we like an author!” In all modesty, […]