Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fiction: The Revolution

The Frenchwoman by Jeanne Mackin

"As a seamstress in the court of Queen Marie Antoinette, Julienne marries a young officer who fought with Lafayette in America, and when he dies, she flees to Pennsylvania where Royalists try to recreate their lives in France."

Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors

The noblewoman Gabrielle de Montserrat, married off to an abusive rich husband, becomes entangled in the court of Louis XVI, and caught between her current status and her former love, now a lawyer on the Revolutionary Tribunal, as the Revolution forms around them.

The Queen's Dollmaker by Christine Trent

The story of Claudette, dollmaker who is lured into revolutionary intrigues and dangerous friendships after returning home to Paris when the queen herself requests a meeting to discuss Claudette's exquisitely made dolls.

In the reign of terror : the adventures of a Westminster boy by G.A. Henry

A young adult historical novel about (you guessed it) the adventures of a Westminster boy during the French Revolution.

Bluebird; or, the Invention of Happiness by Sheila Kohler.

"A tale based on the life of an eighteenth-century aristocrat finds Frenchwoman Lucy Dillon using her beauty and wit to gain entry into [exclusive] circles ... and struggling to protect her family during the Revolution when her contemporaries, including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, are executed."

The Glass-Blowers by Daphne de Maurier

"... The tale of the Busson family, master glass-blowers ... leading up to and through the French Revolution. Told through the POV of Sophie, [a daughter] as she looks back on her life ..."

The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner
A historical fantasy about a 14 year old voice-thrower and mind reader, whose life is torn apart by the French revolution. His life is intertwined with a debt-ridden marquis, his daughter, and a dangerous count.

The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner

A sequel to The Red Necklace. Yann returns to France in 1794 to smuggle out aristocratic refugees, while dealing with a thwarted marriage, strange kidnappings, and the violence of the Revolution.

Dish Taken Cold by Anne Perry
Just days before the French Revolution, Celie’s baby dies when her friend leaves the baby alone to meet her lover. Later, amidst the Prussian invasion of Paris and the height of the bloody terror, Celie learns the true meaning of revenge.

City of Darkness, City of Light by Marge PIercy
"Depicting the experiences of three brave women – Clair, an actress; Manon, wife of a bureaucrat with her own mind for politics; and Pauline, owner of a chocolate shop – Piercy explores the human reality of the French Revolution, bringing to life the immense role women played in bringing down the monarchy. Their three stories are deftly braided with the lives of three men – the incorruptible Robespierre, the opportunistic Danton and Nicolas Caritat, an academician trying to walk the high wire between old and new."

The Eight by Katherine Neville
"A young novice during the French Revolution risks her life to keep a jeweled chess set that Moors gave Charlemagne, and in the 20th century, a computer expert and a chess master try to solve its mystery."

This Splendid Earth by V.J. Banis
"When the vintner de Brussac family must flee after supporting the royalty during the French Revolution, its members take cuttings from the vineyard to California and build a wine empire."

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
A classic tale of adventure and drama, the Scarlet Pimpernel follows hunt for a mysterious man who saves aristocrats from the guillotine during The Terror in Revolutionary France.

Vindication: A Novel by Frances Sherwood

"Publication of A Vindication of the Rights of Women in 1792 made Mary Wollstonecraft the most famous woman in Europe." This compelling fictional biography narrative tells the embellished story of her life.

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