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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Marie Antoinette's Confidante The Rise and Fall of the Princesse de Lamballe by Geri Walton Pen & Sword

The Princesse de Lamballe was the most wonderful friend. She stuck with the doomed Queen through thick and thin, even paying the supreme sacrifice. Sweet and angelic with golden hair, the Princess liked a quiet life and didn't want to join in the Queen's love for playing games and her friendships with some frivolous aristocrats. Her main rivalry for the Queen's friendship was with the Princesse de Polignac, but when Marie-Antoinette wanted a more sensible, loyal companion, she turned back to the lovely Lamballe.

This is a very detailed and sympathetic biography of the Princess, but I thought that Geri Walton was a bit hard on the Queen at times. I also found the account of Madame Lamballe's death extremely graphic, but it had to be included.  The bloodthirsty French Revolution is also difficult to read about.

This is a must-read for anyone who likes reading about French royalty.

I received this free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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