Mistress of the Revolution

Mistress of the Revolution

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View our feature on Catherine Delors' Mistress of the Revolution . An impoverished noblewoman, Gabrielle de Montserrat is only fifteen when she meets her first love, a commoner named Pierre-Andr#65533; Coffinhal. But her brother forbids their union, forcing her instead to marry an aging, wealthy cousin.

Widowed and a mother before the age of twenty, Gabrielle arrives at the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in time to be swept up in the emerging turbulence--and to encounter the man she never expected to see again. Determined and independent, she strives to find her own freedom-- as the Revolution takes an ever more violent turn.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, c2008.
ISBN: 9780451225955
Characteristics: 514 p. ; 21 cm.


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hania4987 Jun 18, 2013

a well-written "memoir" of Gabrielle de Montserrat, a young noblewoman, which spans the decade before the Revolution through the Terror. It is ultimately a story of one woman's survival but it remains incredibly ambivalent. She is a noblewoman who has surprisingly Jacobin sympathies yet enjoys the lifestyle and maintains relationships with her aristocratic peers. She does not represent a very admirable woman, dominated by whoever the male is in her life. The manner in which the story unfolds, makes no distinction in France's governance before or during the Revolution. Since it is a personal account, I would have liked more information about her current circumstances and relationship with her family -- she is writing from the perspective of 20 years after the revolution.

Nov 26, 2012

An engrossing & compelling read of one woman's life during the French Revolution. The author has obviously done her homework, mixing actual figures with the fictional & giving a vivid portrait of life at that time. Highly recommend for those who enjoy historical fiction with dashes of intrigue & romance.

Jan 25, 2011

I really liked this book! It is the memoir of a French aristocrat named Gabrielle and chronicles her life before, during and after the French Revolution. I recommend it to all readers who enjoy historical fiction!

samdog123 Sep 07, 2008

What a wonderful read! Written in memoir format, it tells the story of french noblewoman, Garbrielle Monsterrat, who survives the french revolution. I really could'nt put it down. Historical fiction at its best. Reminds me of Sandra Gulland's Josepine B trilogy.


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