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Before Versailles by Karleen Koen
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Oct 15, 2011

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If I could give this a 3.5 I would, it's not quite 4 stars for me but I did like the reality interspersed with the fiction here. Particularly having just read The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide, and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV before I started this one, I thought the cameo appearance in this novel by La Voisin, one of the chief witnesses and accused witches of that scandal, was a nice touch and her interaction with two of the court's ladies was good foreshadowing for those reading who knew their later history.

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