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Polonaise
     

Polonaise

by Jane Aiken Hodge
 

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While Napoleon campaigns to conquer the world, Princess Isobel has one aim only: the freedom of Poland. Her dynastic marriage produces the prince who will be Poland's hope. Her elaborate game, mixing romance, passion and politics, involves her with Napoleon himself, with the flamboyant Murat, wily Talleyrand, even the unpredictable young Tsar of Russia. At her side is

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While Napoleon campaigns to conquer the world, Princess Isobel has one aim only: the freedom of Poland. Her dynastic marriage produces the prince who will be Poland's hope. Her elaborate game, mixing romance, passion and politics, involves her with Napoleon himself, with the flamboyant Murat, wily Talleyrand, even the unpredictable young Tsar of Russia. At her side is Jenny Peverel, unwilling spy for the sinister Brotherhood, risking peril and heartbreak for the sake of the little prince. Their story sweeps from Isobel's court at Rendomierz to Petersburg, Warsaw, Tilsit and Napoleon's desperate retreat from Moscow. And around them move three young men, one British, one American, one French, changing partners in the long, dangerous dance.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The setting of this busy historical novel by the prolific British writer is Poland, a land torn by predatory political rivalries, caught in the pincers of Napoleonic and Russian forces. In 1802, an English woman, Jenny Peveral, and an American of Polish descent, Jan Warrington, are drawn into the intrigue-filled court of their friend and relative, the Princess Ovinska. By conceiving a son, Casimir, the Princess hopes to continue the ruling caste. Casimir, ``the hope of Poland,'' becomes Jenny's charge, but the hapless child is doomed by the clash between Napoleon and the Tsar. Before that crushing event, however, subplots vividly illuminate tangled human and political destinies: the romantic liaisons of the Princess, the amours of Napoleon, Talleyrand and other historically significant personages, the machinations of the underground Brotherhood, a loyalist sect, all contribute to an intriguing narrative. Although her characters are only thinly developed, Hodge (Secret Island uses them well in her portrayal of a nation's travails. (July 13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781448210985
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/25/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
825,731
File size:
3 MB

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Jane Aiken Hodge was born in Massachusetts to Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Conrad Aiken, and his first wife, writer Jessie McDonald. Hodge was 3 years old when her family moved to Great Britain, settling in Rye, East Sussex, where her younger sister, Joan, who would become a novelist and a children's writer, was born.

From 1935, Jane Hodge read English at Somerville College, Oxford University, and in 1938 she took a second degree in English at Radcliffe College. She was a civil servant, and also worked for Time magazine, before returning to the UK in 1947. Her works of fiction include historical novels and contemporary detective novels. In 1972 she renounced her United States citizenship and became a British subject.
Jane Aiken Hodge was born in Massachusetts to Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Conrad Aiken, and his first wife, writer Jessie McDonald. Hodge was 3 years old when her family moved to Great Britain, settling in Rye, East Sussex, where her younger sister, Joan, who would become a novelist and a children's writer, was born.

From 1935, Jane Hodge read English at Somerville College, Oxford University, and in 1938 she took a second degree in English at Radcliffe College. She was a civil servant, and also worked for Time Magazine, before returning to the UK in 1947. Her works of fiction include historical novels and contemporary detective novels. In 1972 she renounced her United States citizenship and became a British subject.

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