The Enemies of Versailles
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The Enemies of Versailles : A Novel

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In the final instalment of Sally Christie's Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, Jeanne Becu, a woman of astounding beauty but humble birth, works her way from the grimy back streets of Paris to the palace of Versailles, where the aging King Louis XV has become a jaded and bitter old philanderer. Jeanne bursts into his life and, as the Comtesse du Barry, quickly becomes his official mistress. After decades of suffering the King's endless stream of Royal Favourites, the princesses of the Court have reached a breaking point. Horrified that he would bring the lowborn Comtesse du Barry into the hallowed halls of Versailles, Louis XV's daughters, led by the indomitable Madame Adelaide, vow eternal enmity and enlist the young dauphiness Marie Antoinette in their fight against the new mistress. But as tensions rise and the French Revolution draws closer, a prostitute in the palace soon becomes the least of the nobility's concerns.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 135 x 210 x 25mm | 333g
  • Atria Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1501103024
  • 9781501103025
  • 291,335

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"Tantalizing descriptions and cliff-hangers will leave the reader rapidly turning the pages in anticipation... A wickedly delightful read." * New York Daily News * "Such an extraordinary tale makes for compelling reading and, as the lead book in a planned trilogy, will draw in readers who are interested in royal lives before the French Revolution.... Historical fiction fans, unfamiliar with the history of the Nesle sisters, will be intrigued." * Library Journal * "A stunning breadth of period detail, offered in a fresh, contemporary voice." -- Juliet Grey, author of the acclaimed Marie Antoinette trilogy Praise for The Sisters of Versailles: "Sally Christie's The Sisters of Versailles is an intriguing romp through Louis XV's France. Filled with lush backdrops, rich detail, and colorful characters, fans of historical fiction will enjoy this glimpse into the lost golden era of the French monarchy." -- Allison Pataki, author of THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS "Christie concludes her Mistresses of Versailles trilogy with a lushly detailed, beautifully painted portrait of Louis XV's last mistress, Madame Du Barry. The author's gift for developing characters and bringing them to full-blooded life is what turns her historical biographies into accessible, readable history." * RT Magazine * "A truly tantalizing read about one of the most scandalous eras in France's history, this trilogy finale will make you wish the series would never end." * Bustle * Praise for The Enemies of Versailles:show more

About Sally Christie

Sally Christie is the author of The Sisters of Versailles and The Rivals of Versailles. She was born in England and grew up around the world, attending eight schools in three different languages. She spent most of her career working in international development and currently lives in Toronto. Visit SallyChristieAuthor.com to find out more about Sally and the Mistresses of Versailles trilogy.show more

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