Karleen Koen’s Historical Novel Before Versailles

Read about how the Rock star of the 17th century got his start in

“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

“Before Versailles captivated me from start to finish!” ~C.W. Gortner, author of The Last Queen and The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

Download an excerpt of Before Versailles: Before Versailles by Karleen Koen – Excerpt

KARLEEN KOEN is the author of Now Face to Face and Through a Glass Darkly, which was a New York Times bestseller and featured a much older Alice Verney (known in that novel as the Duchess of Tamworth). The author lives in Houston, Texas.

About Kira Walton

Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.