At the age of fifteen, Marie Antoinette, beautiful and charming bride to the impotent Dauphin, is plunged into the intrigue of Versailles. Frivolous and reckless, she flouts the strict and demanding etiquette of the glittering court, and discovers the true nature of love, hate and jealousy. But the clouds of revolution are overhead, and Marie Antoinette, who only wishes to enjoy life, learns too late that the price of her enjoyment is very high... 'One of our best historical novelists brings to life wayward, capricious Marie Antoinette' News Chronicle 'Flaunting, Extravagant Queen has the colour, liveliness, and sensitivity with which one has come to associate this author's historical novels' Scotsman
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Jean Plaidy, one of the pre-eminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also know as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy's novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993. For further information about our Jean Plaidy reissues and mailing list, please visit www.randomhouse.co.uk/minisites/jeanplaidyReview:
"Jean Plaidy doesn't just write the history, she makes it come alive." -- Julia Moffat, RNA "This recaptures the colour and the lusty dishonesty of the French and English courts of the 16th century. Plaidy addicts will love it" * Evening Standard * "These books are page-turners; they offer a wonderful way to learn about history, their heroines are smart, strong and in control of their destinies and their stories will remain with you for ever...They are a celebration of women's spirit throughout history." * Daily Express * "Full-blooded, dramatic, exciting" * Observer * "Outstanding" * Vanity Fair *
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