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Versailles

(2003)
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Versailles is the story of an expansive spirit locked in a pretty body and an impossible moment in history. As the novel begins, fourteen-year-old Marie Antoinette is traveling from Austria to France to meet her fiance, the mild, abstracted Louis. He will become the sixteenth Louis to reign in France, and Antoinette will be his queen, hemmed in by towering hairdos, the xenophobic suspicion of her subjects, the misogyny of her detractors, the larger-than-life figures of Mirabeau, Du Barry, Robespierre, and the manifold twists and turns of the palace she calls home.
The novel moves from room to room, from garden to fountain, occasionally breaking into playlets in which we glimpse characters struggling to mind their step in the great ballroom of the world. Driving our tour is the relentless engine of time, that friend to youth, for whom anything is possible. Antoinette gives birth to four children, two of whom will outlive her; she falls in love; she dies at the guillotine. A meditation on time and the soul's true journey within it, Versailles is at once wittily entertaining and astonishingly wise.

 
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Hardback Editions

February 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: Versailles
Author(s): Kathryn Davis
ISBN: 1-58724-394-6 / 978-1-58724-394-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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August 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: Versailles: A Novel
Author(s): Kathryn Davis
ISBN: 0-618-22136-0 / 978-0-618-22136-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

September 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: Versailles: A Novel
Author(s): Kathryn Davis
ISBN: 0-316-73761-5 / 978-0-316-73761-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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Kindle Editions

August 2013 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Versailles: A Novel
Author(s): Kathryn Davis
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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