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Book Title: The Grand Mademoiselle|
The author of the book: Francis Steegmuller
Edition: Farrar, Straus
Date of issue: 1956
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I've read this twice and envisage a third.
This life of a minor member of la Famille Royale,
(if being a female cousin of Louis XIV,
as well as the richest woman in all France
AND the court's most glittering matrimonial bait
could be called minor),
this life reveals
that in fact she was the most unfortunate of all French women.
Her status and wealth made her a priceless political pawn,
in fact the principal piece in the game of European politics.
For a woman of spirit.
to be at the ruthless mercy of the male players in the Kingdom
meant no life at all.
Yet here we are presented with someone we can only admire.
Her first person accounts of her life, her family, the loves and betrayals,
especially from her father, the fickle brother of the king,
her joining the Fronde de Princes,the aristocratic revolt against the King,
and her consequent banishment
which produced some of the written memoirs
which Steegmuller so aptly draws on
- this is riveting stuff.
And when Love does come into her life
...no, you'll have to swallow that
bitter pill along with Anne-Marie-Louise d'Orleans,
La Grande Mademoiselle herself.
This is an Heroic Tragedy,
but an Every Day Event
in Human Politics, and for me too close to the bone
to spoil for you here!!
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