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Before Versailles by Karleen Koen - Excerpt

Before Versailles by Karleen Koen - Excerpt

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Louis XIV is one of the best-known monarchs ever to grace the French throne. But what was he like as a young man—the man before Versailles?

After the death of his prime minister, Cardinal Mazarin, twenty-two-year-old Louis steps into governing France. He’s still a young man, but one who, as king, willfully takes everything he can get—including his brother’s wife. As the love affair between Louis and Princess Henriette burns, it sets the kingdom on the road toward unmistakable scandal and conflict with the Vatican. Every woman wants him. He must face what he is willing to sacrifice for love.

But there are other problems lurking outside the chateau of Fontainebleau: a boy in an iron mask has been seen in the woods, and the king’s finance minister, Nicolas Fouquet, has proven to be more powerful than Louis ever thought—a man who could make a great ally or become a dangerous foe . . .

Meticulously researched and vividly brought to life by the gorgeous prose of Karleen Koen, Before Versailles dares to explore the forces that shaped an iconic king and determined the fate of an empire.

To read more about Before Versailles or Karleen Koen please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
Louis XIV is one of the best-known monarchs ever to grace the French throne. But what was he like as a young man—the man before Versailles?

After the death of his prime minister, Cardinal Mazarin, twenty-two-year-old Louis steps into governing France. He’s still a young man, but one who, as king, willfully takes everything he can get—including his brother’s wife. As the love affair between Louis and Princess Henriette burns, it sets the kingdom on the road toward unmistakable scandal and conflict with the Vatican. Every woman wants him. He must face what he is willing to sacrifice for love.

But there are other problems lurking outside the chateau of Fontainebleau: a boy in an iron mask has been seen in the woods, and the king’s finance minister, Nicolas Fouquet, has proven to be more powerful than Louis ever thought—a man who could make a great ally or become a dangerous foe . . .

Meticulously researched and vividly brought to life by the gorgeous prose of Karleen Koen, Before Versailles dares to explore the forces that shaped an iconic king and determined the fate of an empire.

To read more about Before Versailles or Karleen Koen please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Publish date: Jun 28, 2011
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are theproduct of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance toactual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.Copyright © 2011 by Karleen KoenTitle page art:
 A View of the Royal Palace of Fontainebleau
(oil on panel) byHendrik Frans de Cort (1742–1810) (attr. to)Private Collection/ © Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts, New York/The BridgemanArt Library Nationality / copyright status: Flemish / out of copyrightAll rights reserved.Published in the United States by Crown Publishers, an imprint of theCrown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.www.crownpublishing.comCROWN is a trademark and the Crown colophon is a registered trademark of Random House, Inc.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataKoen, Karleen.Before Versailles : a novel of Louis XIV / Karleen Koen. — 1st ed.p. cm.1. Louis XIV, King of France, 1638–1715—Fiction. 2. France—Kings and rulers—Fiction. 3. France—History—Louis XIV, 1643–1715—Fiction. I. Title.PS3561.O334B44 2011813'.54—dc22 2010035562ISBN 978-0-307-71657-6eISBN 978-0-307-71659-0Printed in the United States of America
 Book design by Lauren Dong Jacket design by Jennifer O'Connor
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