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The Knight of Maison-Rouge (The Marie Antoinette Romances #5)

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A major new translation of a forgotten classic

Paris, 1793, the onset of the Terror. Brave Republican Maurice rescues a mys-terious and beautiful woman from an angry mob and is unknowingly drawn into a secret Royalist plot—a plot revolving around the imprisoned Queen of France, Marie Antoinette, and her enigmatic and fearless champion, the Knight of Maison-Rouge. Full of su
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 14th 2004 by Modern Library (first published 1843)
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21st out of 147 books — 198 voters
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Ashley
May 09, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature, classics
This has to be one of the most under-appreciated books from Dumas! A non-stop action-packed book from beginning to end with intelligent, witty prose, it has all of the fun, and little of the tedium of dinner table descriptions as Dumas was wont to do. The ending is incredible and should be quoted like Shakespeare. Anyone interested in the Reign of Terror will appreciate this book!
Yasmin
Nov 25, 2014 Yasmin rated it really liked it
Here is a novel that had oddly vanished from circulation in France, there is no real reason as to why it was neglected out of all of Dumas's works. There is no speculation. Was it because this particular story shows how favourably he viewed the royals at such a fragile time in French history even though by the time of his adulthood the Revolution was long past? As Lorenzo Carcaterra points out and as many Dumas readers are full aware he never uses accuracy in any historical sense. But then most ...more
Nakashi
Apr 16, 2012 Nakashi rated it liked it
While the story was intriguing and filled with suspense (I had to constantly remind myself that Marie Antoinette did not, in fact, survive), the translation left much to be desired. Was the translator trying to make it more 'accessible' to the modern reader? Phrases like 'Let's crush this bastard legally!' and 'Lawyers will have a field day with him!' had me cringing throughout.
There must be a better translation out there. There has to be.
Keith


Alexandre Dumas was one of the worlds most prodigous writers. He wrote over 200 novels and yet, I imagine, like many other readers, if someone sidled up to me and said " and now, for a million dolllars, tell us the titles of six novels by Alexandre Dumas!" I think I would start well, Three Musketeers, Count of Monte Cristo, Man in the Iron Mask and, if I was lucky, i might remember Twenty Years After. That would be it. Three, or with luck, four novels out of 200.

Seeing The Knight of Maison Rouge
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Misfit
Sep 13, 2008 Misfit rated it really liked it
The story begins in March 1793 as Louis XVI has been beheaded, Marie Antoinette and her children are imprisoned and the Committee for Public Safety has unleashed The Reign of Terror. Unaware of a curfew, a young woman is stopped by members of the National Guard but saved from arrest by Civic Guard office Maurice Lindey. The woman disappears into the night but the enchanted Maurice finally locates her, and becomes friends with Genevieve and her older husband (who finds Maurice to be useful in his ...more
Denise
Jun 04, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2016
Dumas's (almost) lost novel is set in 1793 Paris and involves a small group of conspirators surrounding a man known as the Knight of Maison-Rouge (loosely based on a true historical figure) who hatch a number of plots to free the imprisoned Queen Marie Antoinette. Intrigue, adventure, heroism and romance - Dumas is entertaining as ever in this lates of his tales to find its way onto my bookshelves. Lorin with his penchant for silly poetry and steadfast loyalty has instantly become one of favouri ...more
Etienne Mahieux
Mar 24, 2015 Etienne Mahieux rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alexandre Dumas est un coupeur de têtes. Que l'on songe à Milady. Que l'on songe à La Môle et Coconnas — ah oui, il aime beaucoup aussi les Orestes et les Pylades, ces amis dévoués jusqu'à la mort. Dès lors, il est ironique qu'on se souvienne avant tout pour ses romans Louis XIII (ou Louis XIV jeune) de cet amoureux de la période révolutionnaire : en bon romancier romantique il se souciait de ce moment de l'Histoire qui innervait profondément la période qu'il vivait et en influençait la création ...more
Carly
Jan 17, 2015 Carly rated it it was amazing
My absolute favorite book by Dumas. The characters are flawlessly constructed and the story is engaging. Dumas's prose is just gorgeous. This book was so good it almost made me cry. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that I don't love the translation. However, this does seem to be one of the only English translations readily available, so I can live with it.
Dallas Doctor
Mar 16, 2009 Dallas Doctor rated it it was amazing
I realize, of course, that this is "French Literature Lite," but I really enjoy these books. Rather guiltily, I plow through these stories of heroes and heroines, of nobility and honor and love and tragedy, and it's a great ride. I fully admit that it's not Hugo, but what can I say? I'm a sucker for Dumas too!
Mari
Oct 08, 2012 Mari rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Extremely bittersweet and endlessly captivating. It's often hard to find a book that makes you smile through the tragedy, but alas, Dumas is a master storyteller and is therefore capable of the impossible.
Abby
Mar 29, 2009 Abby rated it did not like it
ugh. maurice didn't know the girl he liked was in on it? really? it was so obvious from the first 20 pages that either maurice is an idiot or love is blinder for him than most.
Michelle Bacon
Jan 01, 2015 Michelle Bacon rated it really liked it
The first thing I realized in reading this book was that I have a woeful lack of knowledge about the French Revolution. I now have to remedy that, so suggestions for good non-fiction accounts of the French Revolution are being accepted. :-)

I genuinely loved this book; it is definitely a "swashbuckler," but in all the best ways -- a great, dramatic tale, with great, honor-bound characters. I had somehow skipped over Dumas prior to this, but now will go back to scoop up the Three Musketeers and Co
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Paul Fergus
There's a reason why this book was almost lost. It's a stinker.

I love Dumas, but this time he drops the ball. Writing a morality polemic in the pathetic aesthetic and disguising it as romantic adventure is a pretty low blow to the reader. Hey, I want that kind of stuff I'll read Victor Hugo's Toilers of the Sea or the Hunchback of Notre Dame!

I mean, really. The nerve!

It could have been great. Young super-patriot of the French revolution Maurice and his bestie are elite prison guards with a consc
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Martina
Apr 30, 2016 Martina rated it it was ok
The novel is set during the French Revolution, specifically during the so called "reign of Terror", France is at war against the rest of Europe, there's a royalist insurrection in Vendee and everyone suspects everyone of being a traitor. The protagonist is a young revolutionary officer universally considered a patriot and a model citizen.
The book has an interesting plot, it is terribly unfortunate that most of the characters I should have liked, and the protagonist in particular, are terribly, i
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Carole Rae
Apr 03, 2011 Carole Rae rated it liked it
It was a nice ride. This book is like the ferris wheel at amusement parks. It's just a simple and relaxing ride. It's not the most popular ride, but everyone pretty much enjoys it. This is not Mr. Dumas' best book.

'The Knight of Maison-Rouge' is not a typical book I usually read. It heavily shows the Revolutionaries side and a little bit of Marie Antoinette's side. Too be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of this one. Yes, it did show a different viewpoint and it shows a very strong-willed and courage
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Florencia
A good balance between political argument and sentimentalism. The characters are well written, the development of the protagonist in special is very well taken cared of. The story is continously moving forward, and the ending has a satisfactory unexpected twist (for me). A recommendable reading.
Kris
Mar 20, 2015 Kris rated it liked it
As any Dumas, there is heroism and daring with a thin veneer of historicity. Unfortunately, the translation is not a good one. Every time I managed to immerse myself in the book, some glaring anachronism would make me cringe hard enough to drag me out of it again. Read it, but be forewarned.
Carla
Apr 29, 2008 Carla rated it it was ok
I had such high expectations for this novel. The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books. I didn't think I would be so disappointed reading this novel. It was a struggle to get through. Alexandre Dumas is, of course, a good writer. But this novel seemed to be missing a lot; I didn't even find the characters engaging. I wasn't intrigued by the plot he seemed to be trying to weave. I don't think he was trying to build sympathy for the revolution, but rather, for the love story. Even when ...more
Jennifer
Aug 21, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok
This was ridiculous; I can't believe I kept reading. Romantic drivel-- the books only saving grace is the extensive footnotes & glossary, which are a huge help to those of us who are not intensely familiar with the French Revolution, especially the Terror.
Christina Dudley
Jul 12, 2011 Christina Dudley rated it liked it
Detailing the exploits of a valiant young man unexpectedly embroiled in Royalist plots to rescue Marie Antoinette, this novel would make a great movie. Like A TALE OF TWO CITIES, there are several mawkish, sentimental scenes (including the conclusion), but the fact that Marie Antoinette doesn't ultimately escape doesn't prevent Dumas from building suspense. The translation occasionally distracted me with its odd idioms--"bites the dust" was used twice without being the least bit tongue-in-cheek, ...more
Sarah Petty
May 23, 2014 Sarah Petty rated it really liked it
Another great example of Dumas' perfect balance of action/adventure and slight humor. The ending was also very surprising!
Sarah
Jun 14, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
This is the first Dumas I've ever read, and I really enjoyed it. It's about Maurice, a Republican who falls for Genevieve, a married woman. Genevieve is tied up in a plot, along with her husband and with the Knight of Maison-Roughe, to rescue Marie-Antoinette from prison. Maurice unknowingly becomes a party to the plot, putting himself, and his best friend, Lorin, in grave danger.

It was funny because even though I knew Marie-Antoinette's fate going into the book, I still wanted the Knight to su
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Victoria Jackson
Apr 08, 2016 Victoria Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Highly romanticised plot to rescue Marie Antoinette by the Chevalier, who with friends and in various disguises enlists the help of young soldier. Based on real life person and events, this is such a bloodthirsty period in French history and of course we know the outcome. She was hated and treated very badly, as was the Dauphin. I like the fact Dumas doesn't shy away from the inevitable conclusion that his characters are going to their death.(I was initially shocked by the ending of Marquerite d ...more
James
Jun 17, 2016 James rated it liked it
A very good book and easy read. Completely different in style compared to his other works in the same genre, more so, classed as a romantic work.
Margo Lestz
Oct 10, 2015 Margo Lestz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story and I learned a lot about the French Revolution.
Raina
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Jon
Oct 13, 2010 Jon rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, classics
Classic French bodice-ripper based around various plots to free the captive Marie Antoinette in French Revolution Paris. Bit slow to start and in danger of being as deathly awful and grim as Dickens' Tale of 2, from the same era. Its not easy to sit through grim as grim can be Paris with heads rolling left right and centre, im very loathe to pick up the lengthy Les Mis now. In Dumas style though, there is humour and it does reach a swashbuckling page turner pace for the 2nd half. Really not a pa ...more
Laetitia Plaissy
Just like every novel by him that I read : I adored it <3
Jessica Brockmole

Set during the French Revolution, this story centres around the imprisoned Marie Antoinette and a ring of royalists led by a shadowy figure calling himself the Knight of Maison-Rougue. Full of secret messages, hidden identities, attempted jail breaks, denunciations and executions.

Exciting story, but fairly predictable. It was obvious to me from early on in the book what all of the secrets were, and the fact that this was so transparent, made the main character, Maurice, look pretty oblivious.
Sam
Mar 01, 2012 Sam rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic
This was my first foray into Dumas and I really enjoyed his style and this story about Marie Antoinette and her Knights of Maison-Rouge. You get all that you would expect from an Alexander Dumas book Paris, swordfights, intrigue, betrayal, honor and love, in a condensed 400 pages vs. jumping right into The Count of Monte Cristo with runs a whopping 1400+. I'm excited to read more by Dumas but I'll have to set aside several weeks for the other books, none of which seem to be under 1000 pages.
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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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