By Karleen Koen
Louis XIV is without doubt one of the best-known monarchs ever to grace the French throne. yet what was once he like as a tender man—the guy prior to Versailles? After the dying of his leading minister, Cardinal Mazarin, twenty-two-year-old Louis steps into governing France. He’s nonetheless a tender guy, yet person who, as king, willfully takes every thing he can get—including his brother’s spouse. because the love affair among Louis and Princess Henriette burns, it units the dominion at the street towards unmistakable scandal and clash with the Vatican. each girl wishes him. He needs to face what he's keen to sacrifice for love.But there are different difficulties lurking outdoors the chateau of Fontainebleau: a boy in an iron masks has been visible within the woods, and the king’s finance minister, Nicolas Fouquet, has confirmed to be extra strong than Louis ever thought—a guy who can make an exceptional best friend or develop into a deadly foe . . .Meticulously researched and vividly delivered to lifestyles by way of the attractive prose of Karleen Koen, ahead of Versailles dares to discover the forces that formed an iconic king and decided the destiny of an empire.
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Those left behind kept chambers cleaned and gardens weeded and waited for the next royal arrival. Those who had any standing traveled with the heart. For the nobility, there was no life that was real life without the king’s presence, or so it had been, once upon a time. The wars, the power of royal advisers, first Cardinal Richelieu and then Cardinal Mazarin after him, had shifted and diluted the sense of importance around a king, but the shape of tradition remained. Whether or not the tradition strengthened would be up to Louis.
The man pulled off the tight bolero jacket he wore and threw it to the ground in a dramatic gesture. He bowed to Louis and took a rapier from the dueling master. ” Louis spoke softly. He was tired, but he knew this man well. An impetuous, impatient duelist who would soon become bored with Louis’s steadiness and make a flamboyant gesture that would give Louis the opening he needed. And he needed only one. They were dueling in what was called the fountain courtyard, bordered on three sides by buildings and on the fourth by a large pond.
The musketeer, gaunt and fierce-faced, made a signal, and every man halted where he stood. The musketeer walked forward, his glance taking in both groom and the immobile young woman on the ground. “Have you seen someone on foot? ” he asked. ” The groom pointed toward the thick trees behind them. ” And then in a pleading tone, “This young lady needs help. ” The musketeer shouted orders, and at once the others ran off in the direction in which the groom had pointed. “Who is he? ” the groom asked.
Before Versailles: A Novel of Louis XIV by Karleen Koen