Versaille, 1686: Julie d'Aubigny, a striking young girl, who has been raised by her father in the court of the Sun King and taught to fence and fight, is taken as mistress by the King's Master of Horse. Tempestuous, swashbuckling and volatile, within two years she has run away with her fencing master, fallen in love with a nun and is hiding out from the authorities in Aix-en-Provence, sentenced to be burnt at the stake. Within another year, she has become a star at the famed Paris Opéra, feted by all who hear her voice. Her lovers include some of Europe's most powerful men and France's most beautiful women. Yet she dies alone in a convent at the age of 33. A lover, a swordfighter, a diva. Julie's story - of how she rises and falls in the world, experiencing great fortune, dazzling riches and true love and yet loses it all - is riveting. Yet for all of the colour, sensuality and turbulence of her story, it's her voice that wins us over - sharp, cynical, disillusioned, yet forever seeking love and belonging. Julie is in many ways a woman out of her time. She falls in love like a child - utterly and completely. She wants to love whomever she pleases, when she pleases. She sings like an angel and fights like a demon. She's disturbingly beautiful, frustratingly quixotic and romantic, yet also steely, strong, volatile and intense. Yet under all her defenses, at her core there's a wounded, lost child, just wanting to be loved. A dazzling, lush and finely written novel of love, loss, honour and romance.
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st June 2014