The Queen's Lover

by Francine du Plessix Gray

The Queen's Lover

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Pursuing a friendship and then a passionate romance with the young Marie Antoinette, dashing Swedish nobleman Count Axel von Fersen becomes a devoted companion to the entire royal family before attempting to help them escape in the wake of the French Revolution. By the author of Soviet Women.

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The voice of history rises up out of the pages of a persuasive new novel, Francine du Plessix Gray's The Queen's Lover. Lush music emanates from the lives of high figures at court during one of the most tumultuous periods in modern history. This lively, incredibly readable, definitely R-rated version of the life and death of Marie Antoinette — as told by her lover, the Swedish diplomat Count Axel von Fersen — grows out of Gray's deep familiarity with the historical documents. The

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