The Marquis de Montespan and his new wife, Athenais, are a true love-match - a rarity amongst the nobility of seventeenth-century France.
But love is not enough to maintain their hedonistic lifestyle, and the couple soon face huge debts. When Madame de Montespan is offered the chance to become lady-in-waiting to the Queen at Versailles, she seizes this opportunity to turn their fortunes round.
Too late, Montespan discovers that his ravishing wife has caught the eye of King Louis XIV. As everyone congratulates him on his new status of cuckold by royal appointment, the Marquis is broken-hearted.
He vows to wreak revenge on the monarch and win back his adored Marquise. With this extraordinary novel, Jean Teule has restored a ridiculed figure from history to the rightful position of hero, by telling the hilarious, bawdy and touching story of a good man who loved too well and dared challenge the absolute power of the Sun King himself.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 302 pages
- Publisher: Gallic Books
- Publication Date: 14/02/2011
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9781906040307
Showing 1 - 1 of 1 reviews.
Review by h_d
This was fantastic. I don't know much about the history of these characters, but in this story they were very compelling. I found that I managed to like and loathe them. Their actions were as funny as they were sad. Revolting as well as touching. The writing was engaging, filthy and hilarious. I laughed out loud many times, as well as grimacing in disgust. The humour is so very perfectly black here, but never overshadowing the extent of Montespan's broken heart (even if it is an obsessive and crazy little thing). <br/><br/>A very quick and enjoyable read.