Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Princess and the Pauper

Richly detailed portrait of life in the French court under the rule of Louis XIV. This is a story of the Princess and the Pauper. Claudette des Oeillets is a daughter of the theater. Part of a traveling theater group, her path crosses with a morally bankrupt princess and the young girl finds herself drawn to the cold hearted beauty. They go their separate ways, and later find their lives connecting and growing together. While Claudette lives on the fringe of society, forsaken by the church for embracing the theatre, the Marquis de Monspan is a respected member of court, the de facto Queen, and totally without a moral compass. She dabbles in the dark arts, cast spells and ultimately forces Claudette to make the final choice between good and evil. This was a fascinating look at French life in the 17th century, a beautifully depicted tapestry of the birth of French theater.

Happy Reading!
Carole P. Roman

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