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LOUISE DE LA VALLIERE (The D'Artagnan Romances #3.3)

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"Louise de La Valliegrave;re (Franccedil;oise Louise de La Baume Le Blanc; 6 August 1644 #x2013; 7 June 1710) was a mistress of Louis XIV of France from 1661 to 1667."
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Published May 31st 2011 by Erin Cowan (first published 1845)
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An excess of melodrama. Sighing. Fainting. Raging. Perspiring (I know what you think I mean, but no. Only in vexation, anger or fear). Riding horses to death. Star-crossed lovers. Ill-fated lovers. Trap-doors. Witchy women. Brave men. Fair damsels. All in a PG format.

Didn't enjoy this one even 1/2 as much as the others. Probably because of the subject matter, which is that the King is in love with the Vicomte's affianced. Said King sends Vicomte to England to get him out of the way. Said King (
The Oxford World's Classics Edition, edited, introduced, annotated, etc., by David Coward. The fourth installment of the Three Musketeers saga does not really feature those heroes. Athos is all but unmentioned; Porthos and Aramis play important roles but briefly, and d'Artagnan is seen sporadically. The story, or stories intertwined, center mainly around the loves and intrigues of the court of Louis XIV. For 670 pages (!) Dumas subtly outlines the devious schemes and romances that occur in the S ...more
It's 1661 and Louis the XIV is taking over the reign of government from his ministers. D'Artagnan is captain of the Musketeers, Aramis is now a bishop, Porthos is as big, strong and hungry as ever and Raoul, the son of Athos, is still madly in love with Louise De La Valliere. What we do see of Aramis he is plotting and scheming and has a strong interest in a mysterious prisoner in the Bastille.

Louis' effeminate brother Philippe (Monsieur) has just married Henrietta (Madame) of England, but Henr
Guðjón T.
Apart from a few chapters this book is excruciatingly dull. I'm a big fan of The Three Musketeers, and although the musketeers themselves are present here the author has shifted his focus from them to the nobility of 17th century France. Don't get me wrong, the affairs of the king and the queen were crucial to the plot of The Three Musketeers, but they were just the supporting cast. In Louise de la Valliere we have to endure chapter after chapter of "clever" conversation between varyingly boring ...more
This was my least favorite of the novels in the D'Artagnan Romances so far. I browsed the introduction to the Oxford World's Classics edition, which advised that this was the least "swashbuckling" of the series. Apparently, Dumas thought that the prior entries lacked "romance". Well, he went overboard in this one. This novel consists of hundreds of pages of flirtations. It's like a junior high school novel. The King is like the popular kid -- maybe the captain of the football team. And the novel ...more
Huh, I didn't rate or review this before moving on to the final volume, so here's my making up for this neglect: Although I cannot actually add a lot I haven't already written about the first two parts. I simply can't bring myself to care about all that romance business, and Louise's undecidedness as well as Louis' fickleness don't endear them to me as characters either.

This whole book (not just this volume) is simply too long without me being able to say that any of the parts are actually comp
Caitlin Mininger
After finishing this book, I am struck by how much I miss Milady. There was by far too much fainting going on in Louise de la Valliere for me not to recall one of my favorite lines of Milady's: "I faint? I? Do you take me for some weak woman? When I am insulted I do not faint, I avenge myself!" Louise is a poor heroine who never seems to be able to make her mind about anything. Louis is not much better- I suppose for a king it is nothing to send away a woman's fiancé for the purpose of seducing ...more
Book Four (of five) in the Musketeers Saga and this really does have the feel of the middle section of a trilogy. The pace is lower than the other sections and there's less of an over-riding plot - this one deals with Louise XIV's seduction of the eponymous Louise de la Valliere (after getting rid of Raoul to England) and while the lack of the excitement of Vicomte de Bragalonne's reinstatement of Charles II or the last volume's Man in the Iron Mask makes it drag a little, the change of pace is ...more
Maricarmen Estrada M
This is the fifth delivery of the Three Musketeers saga. Masterly written. Much of the story has to do with the romance of Louise. Authors, Porthos, Aramis and of course the brave and bold D'Artagnan com and go throughout all the book. The end is a cliffhanger, so I'll just start The Man in the Iron Mask as soon as I can. Loved this book.
Louise de La Valliere is not a bad story in of itself, but when held up against the rest of the saga, its weaknesses show. Still well written and full of compelling characters, the story focuses mainly on Louis XIV and his burgeoning love affair with the title character, who is a maid of honor for Louis's sister-in-law. The majority of this novel reads a bit like a Shakespearean romantic comedy, with couples coming and going in the woods, and overhearing each other, and all sorts of contrivances ...more
i absolutely love this book. i love how everything starts to reach it's climax from de bragelonne. i espeically love the glimpses dumas allows the reader to have of phillipe. everything to do with aramis is so mysterious and delicious although i started feeling kind of weary about him. :/ i don't like how he becomes so sneaky in everything he does. of course i don't completely understand his plans yet but i just feel weird about him now. perhaps once i've read the man in the iron mask i'll under ...more
Hazel West
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A reasonably enjoyable read, but definitely a lot slower and somewhat lacking the action of the rest in the series. My favorite Dumas will always be "The Count of Monte Cristo" I think. As a matter of interest, for fans of "The Count", I strongly recommend having a look at these brilliant new sequels by the mysterious "Holy Ghost Writer". They are written in the same style as Alexandre Dumas' original, and are equally as gripping. Titled "The Sultan of Monte Cristo" (Book II) ...more
Andrea Ika
Louise de la Valliere is the middle section of The Vicomte de Bragelonne, or, Ten Years After. Against a tender love story, Dumas continues the suspense which began with The Vicomte de Bragelonne and will end with The Man in the Iron Mask. Set during the reign of Louis XIV and filled with behind-the-scenes intrigue, the novel brings the aging Musketeers and d'Artagnan out of retirement to face an impending crisis within the royal court of France. This new edition of the classic English translati ...more
Robert Sheppard

Alexandre Dumas is one of the great mythmakers of modern Western Literature. The Three Musketeers saga is of course a thrilling tale of adventure known to almost everyone through film if not by firsthand reading, and its over one-hundred film adaptations testify to its grip on the popular imagination. Having read the entire Musketeer saga of D
From an action/adventure/humor point of view, this entry to the D'Artagnan romances is the low point. Romance takes the center point, with all the flirting, gasping, sweating, fainting, plotting, counter-plotting and fluttering-about that a court of puffed-up nobles and ladies performs so perfectly. And perfectly annoying, if you’re not into that sort of thing. I recall being somewhat but not greatly impressed by the shenanigans going on at this stage in the books some 10 years ago when I was th ...more
This review is for the whole of VdB or 10YL.
So OK, it’s split into 3 books in English, I read the Oxford translations as they were the only ones I could find.
Not Dumas at his best, but still very good in parts. The start and ending being standout points for me. The portrayal of our old friends and their changed, and at times strained, relationships.
The whole second book though is like a high-school farce with folk falling for each other or being spurned; conversations overheard/misheard; social
I LOVE this particular portion of the D'Artagnan Romances. I love Athos. I love Dumas pere for creating and writing such a perfect example of honorable and noble character (Athos). I have loved each and every one of the pieces of this series, but I find myself completely and utterly overjoyed with the last few chapters of Louise de La Valliere. It is honestly my wish that every young man (and young woman, too, for that matter) should read this book to discover what constitutes a true hero (Athos ...more
Slow going, this book. So much of it could have beed omitted. Dumas spends alot of pages describing the scenery in a very flourishing way, and the love-scenes are often way too long. Also, he often spends several pages on a conversation, which should only have to consist of a couple of sentences. What is said, is said several times.
For some reason, Porthos seems to get bigger and more stupid for each book. He's now a sort of parody of what I thought of him in "The Three Musketeers".
In this (free
The second book of the three comprising The Vicomte de Bragelonne, this definitely suffers from middle-book syndrome. After setting up exciting plot threads for our heroes, the four musketeers, in the first book, Dumas doesn't give them much to do here, instead mostly focusing on court intrigue around Louis XIV and his love affairs. Athos, my favorite musketeer (well, tied with d'Artagnan, at least) barely appears at all, leaving the stage to his much more boring son, Raoul, the eponymous Vicomt ...more
Dave Turner
*Please note I'm reading the 4 book set as opposed to the popular three book or obscure five book set*

I'm presuming that as you've found me here, you worked your way through the previous installments in the d'Artagnan Romances.

Very much like the book before it ('Ten Years Later') 'Louise de la Valliere' concentrates more on relationships and court intrigue that out-and-out action, but somehow manages to do it better. We're not introduced to a flux of new characters every few chapters, but made t
Jeff Collett
Not a whole lot of action but definitely some intrigue. A little slow in parts but once again the writing is so clever to makes it more than bearable. Here is a part that made me laugh.

"Well, sire, with regard to sweet dishes I only recognize pastry, and even that should be rather solid; all these frothy substances swell the stomach, and occupy a space which seems to me to be too precious to be so badly tenanted.

Ah! gentlemen," said the king, indicating Porthos by a gesture, "here is indeed a m
In which King Louis XIV falls in love a number of times, and people various talk a lot.

...and in which Alexandre Dumas seems to indicate that he was getting paid by the word.

The ratio of plot:length is woeful, and while it may all set up the events of the Man in the Iron Mask, it takes a while to get anywhere. Which is a shame, since Dumas can write well when he wants to (there are a couple of set pieces that rollick quite nicely), but then he can get trapped into taking 100 pages to narrate a s
Dumas has a habit of writing over 600 pages about the grand totaly of maybe two weeks to a month. Not that I don't love the amount of detail, not respect the various scens which he must give the utmost attention to, that take place within this month, but I must say that reading all of that, only to have one more book to go in order to finish the series, is very tiring. On the other hand, this is a great book full of lovey-dovey ness with just the right sprinkingl of adventure (very much the oppo ...more
Norman Howe
The affair between Louis and Louise proceeds apace"," causing great scandal and alarm.
Not my favorite of The D'Artagnan Romances books. Too much political intrigue, not enough action and swordplay. Some good stuff, just a little plodding.
اين كتاب، داستان زندگي زني زشتروي بنام «لوييز لاواليه» است كه سرگذشت زندگي شگفتانگيز او، بسيار جالب و قابل توجه است. او كه زندگي محقر خود را در دهكدهاي نزديك پاريس، در خانهء يك آشپز ميگذراند، سرانجام تبديل به مهمترين زن فرانسه و معشوقهء لويي چهاردهم يا همان گراند لويي (لويي كبير) گرديد. «لوييز لاواليه» را بخت آنچنان يار شد كه اشراف و اصيلزادگان زمان را مجبور ساخت تا در مقابل او كرنش كنند و دوستي با وي را مغتنم شمرند! جالب است بدانيم كه نخستين فرزند لويي چهاردهم، حاصل تلاش مشترك وي و لاواليهء زشت ...more
Apr 26, 2015 Velvetink marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Most people barely know that Twenty Years After exists, let alone the next two* books, although they have usually heard of The Man in the Iron Mask.
well, it's not entirely clear if 3/4/5 are one, two or three "books" but they are usually published as three.

But the middle section of the story is important, even if only for the purposes of setting up the destination. It's still a fun read though, albeit one that I won't rush to reread (whereas 1,2 and 5 are favourites.)
Peter F
While I understand that the background of the relationships between members of Louis XIV's court is an important foundation for the climax to be seen in the final chapter of the D'Artagnan Romances, 400 pages of royal "intrigue" and debauchery is a bit of an overkill. Read: I almost forget I was reading a story about the 3 Musketeers.

I can see why "The Vicomte de Bragelonne" and "Louise de la Valliere" are somewhat of the 'forgotten' of Dumas' 3 Musketeers epic.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The D'Artagnan Romances (8 books)
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Los tres mosqueteros, 1 (Las novelas de D'Artagnan, #1.1)
  • Los tres mosqueteros, 2
  • Twenty Years After (The D'Artagnan Romances, #2)
  • Vicomte de Bragelonne (The D'Artagnan Romances, #3.1)
  • Ten Years Later
  • The Man in the Iron Mask (The D'Artagnan Romances, #3)
The Count of Monte Cristo The Three Musketeers The Man in the Iron Mask (The D'Artagnan Romances, #3) Twenty Years After (The D'Artagnan Romances, #2) Robin Hood

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