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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
by Tom Reiss
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The Black Count is the story of Alex Dumas, the father of Alexandre Dumas and inspiration for some of the best adventure fiction ever written. Alex Dumas's life is stranger than fiction in a time when hope for the common man, equality, and emancipation... (read more)

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The Oxford History of the French Revolution
The Oxford History of the French Revolution
by William Doyle
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This second edition of the most authoritative and comprehensive history of the French Revolution draws on a wealth of new research in order to reassess the greatest of all revolutions. It includes a generous chronology of events and an extended... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #54: The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #54: The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
by William Doyle
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Includes bibliographical references (119-123) and index.... (read more)

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Marie Antoinette: The Journey
Marie Antoinette: The Journey
by Antonia Fraser
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Frances beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous “Let them eat cake,” was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death; she has since been the object of debate and speculation and the... (read more)

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Splendid Century Life in the France of Louis XIV
Splendid Century Life in the France of Louis XIV
by W H Lewis
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Probes varied facets of life in France during the reign of Louis XIV, including the church, medicine, sea travel, female education, and the army.... (read more)

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Sevigne: Selected Letters (Penguin Classics)
Sevigne: Selected Letters (Penguin Classics)
by Madame De Sevigne
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One of the world's great letter writers, Madame de Sevigne (1626-96) has bequeathed an extraordinarily vivid picture of life in the France of Louis XIV.... (read more)

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Short History of the French Revolution, 1789-1799
Short History of the French Revolution, 1789-1799
by Albert Soboul
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Albert Soboul has held the Chair of the History of the French Revolution at the Sorbone since 1967, and is probably the leading Marxist scholar working in that field today. The book translated here should be regarded more as a synopsis of Professor... (read more)

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Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
by Simon Schama
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Instead of the dying Old Regime, Schama presents an ebullient country, vital and inventive, infatuated with novelty and technology--a strikingly fresh view of Louis XVI's France. A New York Times bestseller in hardcover. 200 illustrations.... (read more)

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What Life Was Like During the Age of Reason: France, AD 1660-1800
What Life Was Like During the Age of Reason: France, AD 1660-1800
by Time Life
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Drawing on art, artifacts, and literature that was left behind, these richly illustrated volumes recount captivating tales of everyday life in long-ago vanished worlds.... (read more)

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Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette
by Antonia Fraser
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chapter one A Small Archduchess "Her Majesty has been very happily delivered of a small, but completely healthy Archduchess." Count Khevenhuller, Court Chamberlain, 1755 On 2 November 1755 the Queen-Empress was in labour all day with her... (read more)

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A Rhetoric of Bourgeois Revolution: The Abbe Sieyes and What is the Third Estate? (Bicentennial Reflections on the French Revolution)
A Rhetoric of Bourgeois Revolution: The Abbe Sieyes and What is the Third Estate? (Bicentennial Reflections on the French Revolution)
by William Hami Sewell
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What Is the Third Estate? was the most influential pamphlet of 1789. It did much to set the French Revolution on a radically democratic course. It also launched its author, the Abbé Sieyes, on a remarkable political career that spanned the entire... (read more)

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Robespierre (13 Edition)
Robespierre (13 Edition)
by Peter Mcphee
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‘This book is a triumph: an important, open-minded and often moving account of Robespierre, that will stand as a very worthy successor to the previous great biographies. Peter McPhees lifetime of research on the French Revolution draws out the... (read more)

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Madame Tussaud: A Life in Wax
Madame Tussaud: A Life in Wax
by Kate Berridge
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Millions have visited the museums that bear her name, yet few know much about Madame Tussaud. A celebrated artist, she had both a ringside seat at and a cameo role in the French Revolution. This intelligent, pragmatic businesswoman has also had an... (read more)

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The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide, and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV
The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide, and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV
by Anne Somerset
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The Affair of the Poisons, as it became known, was an extraordinary episode that took place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. When poisoning and black magic became widespread, arrests followed. Suspects included those among the highest ranks of... (read more)

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Authority and Sexuality in Early Modern Burgundy (1550-1730) (Studies in the History of Sexuality)
Authority and Sexuality in Early Modern Burgundy (1550-1730) (Studies in the History of Sexuality)
by James Richard Farr
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A sociocultural analysis of the relationships among law, religion, and sexual morality in Burgundy during the Catholic Reformation, this book is divided into two, interrelated parts: the world of prescription and the world of practice. The first part... (read more)

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Emilie Du Chatelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment
Emilie Du Chatelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment
by Judith P Zinsser
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The captivating biography of the French aristocrat who balanced the demands of her society with passionate affairs of the heart and a brilliant life of the mind Although today she is best known for her fifteen-year liaison with Voltaire, Gabrielle Emilie... (read more)

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Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette
by Hilaire Belloc
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Every few years the public becomes enamored with the story of Marie Antoinette (1755-93), the Austrian royal sent at the age of fourteen to France to marry the young prince who reigned as Louis XVI, and her time has come again. Hilaire Belloc's... (read more)

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The Sun King
The Sun King
by Nancy Mitford
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This work takes as its subject Louis XIV at Versailles - from the moment he decided to transform his father's hunting lodge into the greatest palace in Europe to his death there 54 years later. It covers the daily life of the king, the court and the... (read more)

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The Coming of the French Revolution: With a New Preface by R.R. Palmer (Princeton Paperbacks)
The Coming of the French Revolution: With a New Preface by R.R. Palmer (Princeton Paperbacks)
by Georges Lefebvre
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Much more than a history of 1789. . . . A synthesis, conveying a philosophy of the Revolution as a whole, such as could be written only by a seasoned scholar. . . . The smooth, careful translation preserves the literary merit of the French prose.... (read more)

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The King's Trial: The French Revolution Vs. Louis XVI
The King's Trial: The French Revolution Vs. Louis XVI
by David P Jordan
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A great read about an important incident in French history, the trail and execution of the last king of France.... (read more)

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