Mistresses of Versailles #2
On Sale: April 5, 2016
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Fiction | Historical
And you thought sisters were a thing to fear. In this captivating
follow-up to Sally Christie’s clever and absorbing debut, we meet
none other than the Marquise de Pompadour, one of the greatest
beauties of her generation and the first bourgeois mistress ever
to grace the hallowed halls of Versailles.
The year is 1745 and King Louis XV’s bed is once again empty.
Enter Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, a beautiful girl from the middle
classes. As a child, a fortune teller had told young Jeanne’s
destiny: she would become the lover of a king and the most
powerful woman in the land. Eventually connections, luck, and a
little scheming pave her way to Versailles and into the King’s
All too soon, conniving politicians and hopeful beauties seek to
replace the bourgeois interloper with a more suitable mistress.
As Jeanne, now the Marquise de Pompadour, takes on her many
rivals—including a lustful lady-in-waiting, a precocious
fourteen-year-old prostitute, and even a cousin of the notorious
Nesle sisters—she helps the king give himself over to a life of
luxury and depravity. Around them, war rages, discontent grows,
and France inches ever closer to the Revolution.
Told in Christie's celebrated witty and modern style, The Rivals
of Versailles will delight and entrance fans as it brings to life
the court of Louis XV in all its pride, pestilence, and glory.
Mistresses of Versailles
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