The Road to Compiegne (French Revolution Series Volume 2) by Jean Plaidy

By Jean Plaidy

The second one of Jean Plaidy's flamboyant French Revolution series.

No longer the well-beloved, Louis XV is changing into ever extra unpopular - the massive cost of his court docket and many years of high-priced war having taken their toll. because the discontent grows, Louis seeks safe haven in his extravagances and his mistress, the robust Marquise de Pompadour. Suspicions, plots and contention are rife as Louis's daughters and fans jostle for his recognition and their very own status at court docket. Ignoring the unrest in Paris, Louis keeps to take pleasure in frivolities. yet how lengthy will Paris remain silent whilst the dying of the Marquise de Pompadour ends up in yet one more mistress influencing the King?

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It was alarming to contemplate the power of the King’s mistress. Recently Comte Phélippeaux de Maurepas had been dismissed because he had written scurrilous verses about her. Maurepas was a friend of the Queen and the Dauphin; and his departure was a great loss to them. ’ She was not asking for a miracle. Louis, in spite of his great vitality – he could ride many a horse to exhaustion and remain in the saddle longer than any of his friends, and she had had unpleasant experience of his uxorious demands – had been subject to frequent fevers and could therefore be made to ponder on sudden death.

Because it was the habit of the people of Paris to sing songs about that which they particularly loved or loathed, they sang songs about the road. When the bakers of Gonesse came into the city twice a week with their load of bread – which they must sell to the citizens as they were not allowed to take it back beyond the Barrier - they discussed the road with the peasants who were making their way to Les Halles, that great circular space with six busy streets leading into it. Extolling the qualities of good bread, of fish, meat and vegetables, they found time to discuss the road.

But how long will Paris stay silent when the death of the Marquise de Pompadour leads to yet another mistress influencing the King? Praise for Jean Plaidy ‘Jean Plaidy, by the skilful blending of superb storytelling and meticulous attention to authenticity of detail and depth of characterisation has become one of the country’s most widely read novelists’ Sunday Times ‘It is hard to better Jean Plaidy’ Daily Mirror This eBook is copyright material and must not be copied, reproduced, transferred, distributed, leased, licensed or publicly performed or used in any way except as specifically permitted in writing by the publishers, as allowed under the terms and conditions under which it was purchased or as strictly permitted by applicable copyright law.

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