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The Two Dianas, Volume 1

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This romance is usually accredited entirely to Paul Meurice, and indeed there is little of the sprightliness and rapid movement which we have grown to expect from Dumas. At the same time it is to be noted that several of the band of adventurers who play a minor part in "Ascanio" again appear. Moreover, they are once more to the fore in "Le Page du Duc de Savoie," which Dum ...more
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Published May 1st 2001 by Fredonia Books (NL) (first published 1846)
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Misfit
Jul 18, 2009 Misfit rated it it was amazing
Written in two volumes totaling just over 800 pages, The two Dianas in this tome are Diana de Poitiers, the long-time mistress of Henry II of France and their daughter Diana. On his eighteenth birthday Gabriel de Montgommery is told the truth about his birth, that he is the son of Count Jacques de Montgommery who disappeared mysteriously after his mistress Diana de Poitiers caught the eye of Henry, then Dauphine of France. Gabriel's childhood playmate Diana suddenly finds herself revealed as the ...more
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Aug 27, 2009 Mandy Moody rated it really liked it
The Two Diana's is split into two volumes, each about 400 pages long. Apparently there are different translations out there and you have to be careful about what you read. I got a 1910 Collier and Sons edition and thought it read beautifully. As a bonus, it also included a few really great illustrations.
This was my first Dumas since high school, when I read The Count of Monte Cristo and The Man in the Iron Mask. Though it's been a decade since I read those, I felt like the Two Diana's was remini
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Apr 09, 2012 Stuart Lutzenhiser rated it it was ok
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1st half of this book. Not his strongest. From what I've read online, he probably didn't write any of it. It was sketched by him but was written almost entirely by a collaborator.
Set in the early years of Henri II's reign with a young Catherine de Medici as his queen. We see the conflict of Protestant and Catholic brewing but not yet boiling over. This tells the story of Diana de Poitiers (Henri II's mistress) and Diana de Castro, the King's illegitimate daughter who is in love with the son of t
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Jul 16, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laura by: Misfit
The story of Diana de Poitiers (mistress of Henry II) and her daughter, Diana de Castro. In this first volume, the battles of Saint-Quentin and the first battle of Calais are reported. Dumas as an unique way to write tremendous dialogues. Looking forward to read Volume II. It is curious how this book is not so well known.
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Love all Dumas books, this one was not my favourite but I did enjoy it.
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A great historical romance that takes place during Henry II's reign of France.
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I could not get into this at all.
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One of the best books ever.
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This note regards Alexandre Dumas, père, the father of Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). For the son, see Alexandre Dumas.

Alexandre Dumas, père (French for "father", akin to Senior in English), born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his no
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