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Louis the Well Beloved (French Revolution #1)

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First volume in the French Revolution series; the people wanted to see their Louis as king in his own right, bringing back glory to France and prosperity to their hearths, but Louis cared only for the thrills of hunting and gambling, the excitements of war, until even these paled before the sensual delights offered by a succession of mistresses from beautiful waiting women ...more
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I listened to this as an audiobook and the reader's voices for children and women were very annoying, but not enough to make me quit listening. This is a book that I would have preferred to read at least in ebook format so that I could see the spellings for all the names and titles.

On the plus side, I am a huge Victoria Holt fan (one of Jean Plaidy's other aliases), and I always meant to read some of the historical fiction published under her Jean Plaidy pseudonym, so I was excited to get ahold
Phil Syphe
I read this because I'm interested in France's Bourbon kings and Madame de Pompadour. I 'm also a fan of the author.

I think that Jean Plaidy did a good job bringing the early to mid-eighteenth-century France to life. I like her portrayal of Louis XV, whom we get to see grow from a five-year-old up to about thirty. As a child he comes across as a spoiled brat with no interest in the French people who cheer and adore him. Yet as he becomes a man, little of his character alters.

I found myself likin
This hasn't been my favourite Plaidy novel, I must say.

It details the life of the young Louis XV and his earlier mistresses and his wife. I found the story a little dull in places. I also couldn't help thinking Louis' daughters were slightly bratty.

I will read the other two books in the series, mainly because I already have them.
This deliciously French historical on Louis XV, the Well- beloved (le bien aimé) just led me to further embrace my passion for reading Plaidy. Simply put: History at its best. Yes, I did say history, because no matter that Plaidy’s novels classify as HF, you just need to read one to immediately understand that this is an accurate version of the past retold in its best form.

Louis The Well Beloved, Jean Plaidy

The story begins with the Sun King, Louis XIV (Louis XV’s great grandfather) on his death
It's OK. I can't help feeling how utterly sad we human beings are, our own worst enemies. He
This book describes the life of Louis XV and his succession of mistresses, which angered the Parisians. The story is told through the eyes of the various mistresses and as usual, Plaidy tells a good story. I am hoping it will get more intricate in her subsequent books of her series as it does get a little boring to read about what the King's mistresses do to keep him interested, and how they fail (or succeed).

What a quick and easy, smooth read. No wonder I was lured to this, just found out that Jean Plaidy is also Victoria Holt. I found myself looking up the characters on the internet (well, mostly his mistresses) to put a face to the characters and the events that happened was on track with the book. I can't wait to receive the 2nd book in this series!
Karen Galber
Tells the story of Louis xv and his mistresses. Louis had no interest in ruling but did so through his ministers. He only lived for pleasure. He partied while the rest of France starved. This was the beginnings of the road towards the French Revolution.
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Victoria Holt, J...: Revolution Series 11 16 Feb 08, 2013 10:50AM  
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Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt (56 million) and Philippa Carr (3 million). ...more
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