Louise de la Valliere

Louise de la Valliere

by Alexandre Dumas


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It is early summer, 1661, and the royal court of France is in turmoil. Can it be true that the King is in love with the Duchess d'Orleans? Or has his eye been caught by the sweet and gentle Louise de la Valliere? No one is more anxious to know the answer than Raoul, son of Athos, who loves Louise more than life itself. Behind the scenes, dark intrigues are afoot. Louis XIV is intent on making himself absolute master of France. Imminent crisis shakes the now ageing Musketeers and d'Artagnan out of their complacent retirement, but is the cause just?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789389126570
Publisher: Prince Classics
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Alexandre Dumas (1802 - 1870) was a French writer. His works have been translated into nearly 100 languages and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later. His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films. Dumas' last novel, The Knight of Sainte-Hermine, unfinished at his death, was completed by a scholar and published in 2005, becoming a bestseller. It was published in English in 2008 as The Last Cavalier. Prolific in several genres, Dumas began his career by writing plays, which were successfully produced from the first. He also wrote numerous magazine articles and travel books; his published works totaled 100,000 pages.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii(18)
Select Bibliography xxv(2)
A Chronology of Alexandre Dumas xxvii
List of Historical Characters 672(13)
Explanatory Notes 685

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Louise de la Valliere 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Clurb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A middling volume in every respect, there is nothing of the usual Musketeers action and adventure in Louise De La Valliere other than a promise of better to come. Concerned with court intrigue and love affairs, D'Artagnen and his friends are side characters for the vast portion of this novel, whilst Louis and his court plot amongst themselves.
pageboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
No one who is traversing the 'Musketeer' novels would want to miss this.It is very slightly below the standard of the other installments of the 'cycle' but is essential reading on account of the plot developments it contains. As with all the other novels in the seres the dialogue is a pleasure. It has to be said that the novel doesn't fare well out of context. I cannot say that I found the novel dull in any respect.
Delamaine More than 1 year ago
Seriously abridged! I am quite disappointed to find the story of the diamond bracelets is missing (though its discussion amongst courtiers afterwards is not), and the Jesuit father dying and leaving things to Aramis is also missing. Don't count on this for a complete version. I am going to see if the Oxford World's Classics version is available on Nook.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Musketeer fans will be disappointed if they are looking for the rollicking adventures of the quartet since their roles in this book are far more subtle--if not sinister in some cases. Still, the larger story is heavily influenced by the acts of these characters. True, the book does start slow but the story evolves into an enjoyable view on the intrigues of Louis XIV's court. The editors make the case that much of what some may view as 'boring' is really Dumas' attempt to highlight the changes taking place in France at the time chivalrous deeds and high adventure are replaced by intrigue and politics and the story reflects that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful love story that tells us about the most famous French king Louis XIV and Louise de Lavalliere. I enjoyed reading about their love and court intrigues surrounding them. Dumas has an outstanding ablity to bring history to life. Nobody else was able to tell the story of the love affair that lead to the creation of the wonderful palace of Versailles. Also, we can follow our old friends here, who became older and wiser and still have their adventures. This book opens a different perspective on French history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you have found yourself following the musketeer's adventures,then you would be best to read this. Though it is alittle boring and slow at some points, your going to need to read it if your intending to read the man in the iron mask because they start to form its plot in this novel(i admit i found it tempting to skip over the really boring parts)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am happy to say that some books were never meant for the big screen. Dumas' trilogy has been a delight to read, though I admit his books are not meant for those who lack commitment to their literature or who would rather be dazzled for two hours by Hollywood. His books tell a wonderful story (though loosely tied to history)and should be read by those who have the patience to experience a well developed plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading and enjoying Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo", "The Three Musketeers", and "Twenty Years After", this one was a big disappointment. The musketeers are hardly in it. The characters that are in it are flat and uninteresting. Also, there were too many long paragraphs in the book. There were a lot of paragraphs that went on for two or three pages and they were difficult for me to read. There were also a lot of pointless scenes thrown in for no reason. They were boring and distracting. This book was just a complete waste of my time and money.