While I'm still a little sad that Volume 1 remains out of my reach, I was still able to enjoy Volume 2. There were "Additional Notes" at the end of thWhile I'm still a little sad that Volume 1 remains out of my reach, I was still able to enjoy Volume 2. There were "Additional Notes" at the end of the book which helpfully covered the history of some of the letters in both Volumes. I'm guessing this is because a lot of this knowledge would have been taken for granted amongst the court at the time but for readers some three hundred years later, there are some gossipy nuances that have been a little lost.
I generally take it for granted that my correspondence is not shared around the parlor and forwarded on to friends and family abroad. I do wonder how much is written for show (the letter in its entirety?) and how much true intention or feeling had to be omitted? Her letters are flighty and teasing and full of court gossip and clearly meant to entertain. Then again, perhaps that is the definition of a good letter.
Historically speaking it's fascinating. Madame de Montespan and Madame de Maintenon are mentioned. Other historical events are covered such as her feelings on a famous poisoner at the time and her gruesome execution. The casual mention of the belief of love potions? Not to mention medicine in all its terrifying primitiveness. All in all I'm happy to have read the book and I would be happier still if I can get my hands on the first volume. ...more
I was a little underwhelmed by this one. I've read his tweets before and usually find them amusing with a dash of horror (as in, "did they actually saI was a little underwhelmed by this one. I've read his tweets before and usually find them amusing with a dash of horror (as in, "did they actually say/think that?") and disbelief thrown in there with an undercurrent of "aren't you effectively publicly stalking these girls?" Though I suppose he means it in all good fun, one can't help but think about how deeply and utterly disturbing this would be if it were happening to oneself.
It's odd that I wasn't too bothered by all this (or at least didn't think too deeply on it) when I was simply reading his tweets but some how, in the context of his life as lived, (or maybe as fictionalized/embellished?) it gets very creepy.
One wonders what will happen if the girls ever found up? What will their parents think?