Before Versailles: Before the History You Know...a Novel of Louis XIV

Before Versailles: Before the History You Know...a Novel of Louis XIV

by Karleen Koen
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Before Versailles: Before the History You Know...a Novel of Louis XIV by Karleen Koen

"A grand yet intimate look at the Sun King, a tale rich with detail and action."—Library Journal (Starred Review, one of the best historical novels of the year)

Before Versailles transports you to a world of secret passions and plots, a world of duplicity and malice...a world that created one of the best–known monarchs to grace the French throne.

At the most decisive time in the young king's life, Louis XIV can taste the danger. His court teems with greed and corruption, the wrong woman draws him into a wrenching love affair, and a mysterious boy in an iron mask haunts the woods. The untried ruler is coming into his own in 1661, and Louis XIV must face what he is willing to sacrifice for honor and for love.

Meticulously researched and gorgeously brought to life by New York Times bestselling author Karleen Koen, Before Versailles offers up a sumptuous, authentic exploration of a time that forged a man into a king.

Praise for Before Versailles:

"In this magnificently written and researched novel, Karleen Koen brings to vibrant life the early years and loves of the future Sun King."—Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear and the Land of Painted Caves

"A baroque cornucopia spilling over with intrigue, passion, jealousy, ambition, and rich historical detail, Before Versailles offers a glittering glimpse of the crucial months that shaped Louis XIV into Europe's most powerful monarch."—Eleanor Herman, author of Sex with Kings

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402275906
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 606,723
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Karleen Koen is interested in history, particularly women's place in it. Love and hate, gender issues, and spiritual quests are themes she explores in her fiction. She lives in Houston and is also the author of Dark Angels and Now Face to Face. Her blog, called Writing Life, is at www.wordpress.karleenkoen.com.

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Before Versailles: Before the History You Know...a Novel of Louis XIV 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
When you pick up one of Karleen Koen's novels, be prepared to be immersed in rich storytelling, lush descriptions, and enthralling characters. BEFORE VERSAILLES is a novel about the rise of King Louis XIV of France with its decadent court, convoluted routines and traditions, and sumptuous surroundings. Behind such a lush backdrop, life is not as easy as it seems. Civil war, ambitious men and women, and malicious dangers lurk in life and death power plays. True life characters such as Anne of Austria and Catherine of Monaco are brought to life with vivid depiction. At the heart of the story is Louise de la Baume le Blanc who comes to court as a naive, shy maid of honor. Soon, she finds herself embroidered in court intrigues. When she accidently comes across a boy wearing an iron mask, she has no idea that her desire to uncover his identity will set her on a course that will shock the country and upset the royal court. Rich descriptions of clothing and décor at the illustrious Fountainbleu provide a vivid feast as the reader progresses through the novel. There is a large cast of characters, and plenty of conflict to hold the reader’s interest. Musketeers, royal and noble persons, cardinals, drama, mystery, and love are blended together in this story of epic proportions that will keep readers highly entertained for hours.
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Good Historical information along with wonderful character development.
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I love this authors books but i just can't get into this one. To be fair I did not read the whole book. Maybe I will go back to it one day. I just find it boring and confusing.