“So here it is,” Karleen Koen says of her new novel Before Versailles, “a young and handsome Louis XIV, who was the rock star/politician of the 17th century.”
But there was a before.
In 1661, when he was 22, his prime minister and mentor died. Louis discovered that he might be king of France, but he wasn’t the most powerful man in the kingdom. Someone else was. And an unexpected love affair brought him to the brink of a scandal that threatened the fragile peace within his court. All of the above is true and interesting to me.
So I threw in a boy in the iron mask and played with some secrets historians are still guessing about. The Tamworths aren’t in this one, but a thread of this story – yet another piece – will be in the next book, and so will Alice and Richard.”
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“A magnificently written and researched novel.” ~Jean M. Auel
“Enthralling, fascinating and wonderful story telling. Bravo!” ~Romance Reviews
“Rich with detail and action.” ~Library Journal, starred review
“Ripe for intrigue and romance.” ~Publishers Weekly
“A baroque cornucopia spilling over with intrigue, passion, jealousy, ambition, and rich historical detail.” ~Eleanor Herman, author of Sex with Kings
“Brilliant!” ~Karen Harper, author of The Irish Princess
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