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1676. In a hovel in the centre of Paris, the fortune-teller La Voisin holds a black mass, summoning the devil to help an unnamed client keep the love of the King of France, Louis XIV. Three years later, Athénaïs, Madame de Montespan, the King's glamorous mistress, is nearly forty. She has borne Louis seven children but now seethes with rage as he falls for eighteen-year-old Angélique de Fontanges. At the same time, police chief La Reynie and his young assistant Bezons have uncovered a network of fortune-tellers and poisoners operating in the city. Athénaïs does not know it, but she is about to be named as a favoured client of the infamous La Voisin.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17mm | 440g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1611793653
  • 9781611793659
  • 1,799,643

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"I enjoyed it brought The Affair flooding back to me with added excellent detail...It really is a remarkable achievement." Anne Somerset, author The Affair of the Poisons "This book kept me reading into the and squalor, royal scandal and could it not?" Fay Weldon, author The Life and Loves of a She-devil "Reading Charlatan, you are sure to be both entranced and repulsed by Braithwaite's depictions of Machiavellian scheming, sorcery, and lust." -University of Toronto
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72 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
5 36% (26)
4 46% (33)
3 12% (9)
2 6% (4)
1 0% (0)
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