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To Dance With Kings: A Novel of Versailles

Laker, Rosalind

Verlag: Doubleday, 1989
ISBN 10: 0385242735 / ISBN 13: 9780385242738
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Titel: To Dance With Kings: A Novel of Versailles

Verlag: Doubleday

Erscheinungsdatum: 1989

Einband: Hardcover

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Inhaltsangabe: On a May morning in 1664, in the small village of Versailles, as hundreds of young aristocrats are coming to pay court to King Louis XIV, a peasant fan-maker gives birth to her first and only child, Marguerite. Determined to give her daughter a better life than the one she herself has lived, the young mother vows to break the newborn?s bonds of poverty and ensure that she fulfills her destiny?to dance with kings. Purely by chance, a drunken nobleman witnesses the birth and makes a reckless promise to return for Marguerite in seventeen years. With those fateful words, events are set into motion that will span three monarchies, affecting the lives of four generations of women.

Marguerite becomes part of the royal court of the Sun King, but her fairy-tale existence is torn out from under her by a change of political winds. Jasmin, Marguerite?s daughter, is born to the life of privilege her grandmother dreamed of, but tempts fate by daring to catch the eye of the king. Violette, Marguerite?s granddaughter, is drawn to the nefarious side of life among the nobles at Versailles. And Rose, Violette?s daughter, becomes a lady-in-waiting and confidante to Marie Antoinette. Through Rose, a love lost generations before will come full circle, even as the ground beneath Versailles begins to rumble with the chaos of the coming revolution.

An epic generational tale of loves lost, promises kept, dreams broken, and monarchies shattered, To Dance with Kings is a story of passion and privilege, humble beginnings and limitless ambition.

Inhaltsangabe: Tie-ing in with the bicentennial anniversary of The French Revolution, this book spans the period from Louis XIV to the revolution and centres on the romantic saga of four women at the Versailles court. Other books by the author include "Tree of Gold" and the "Easthampton" trilogy.

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