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Sat, 02 Sep 2006

Dumas, Women's War

Alexandre Dumas, The Women's War,
Penguin Classics

Brought to you by the maker of The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Three Musketeers, this book was recently reprinted to acclaim after years of neglect.

The subject is the civil war called The Fronde which took place in France during the regency of Louis XIV. The women concerned are Louis XIII's widow, Anne of Austria, and the Princess de Conde. There are also Nanon de Lartigues who supports Anne of Austria and the Viscountess de Cambes who supports the rebels. Needless to say, on the way through, we have our share of swashbuckling and romantic dalliance. At one level, you could say this was a conflict between absolute monarchy and more liberal forces. In point of fact it was mostly a conflict between factions when one group felt they had been sidelined. All this paved the way for the very absolutist monarchy of Louis XIV.

So, fun for fans of swashbuckling history here, and something a little more meaty than the usual vacation reading.

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