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My best read for 2002,
This review is from: Athenais, The Real Queen Of France: A Biography of Madame de Montespan (Hardcover)
Brilliant! A biography that reads like a novel-you can't wait to see what happens next. The detailed research brings Athenais, the heroine, alive and reveals fascinating insights into life behind the scenes at the court of the Sun King.
What I found most fascinating were the differences between the public and private lives of the King's mistresses - behind the pomp and ceremony, these women needed to have such stamina and courage to sustain their position.
I can't wait for the next book from this highly-gifted writer.