The Rivals of Versailles
The Sisters of Versailles closes at the end of 1744. Louis XV was still a young man and would reign for another 30 years.
The Rivals of Versailles continues the story of King Louis XV and his lady loves, this time focusing on the fabulous Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, the Marquise de Pompadour, a little girl from the middle classes who rose to become the virtual Queen of France. Jeanne's voice and story are balanced against a few of her many rivals. Pompadour remained by Louis' side for almost two decades, and as the king continued his descent into pure libertinage, she was along for the ride....
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"If you are looking to upgrade your to-read pile, look no further! The Rivals of Versailles chronicles all the debaucheries and decadence of Louis XV’s royal court, down to the last dirty detail. Christie's research, combined with her storytelling abilities, makes this a compulsively readable series! When it comes to scandals, heartbreak, and luxury, Hollywood has nothing on Versailles."
- Lauren, Changing Hands Bookstore