It’s been ages since I’ve mentioned Jean Plaidy here, hasn’t it? Well, I’ll make up for it a little tonight.
Last year, I wrote an article for the Historical Novel Society’s Solander magazine about Crown’s reissue of some of her novels. The article’s now available on my website (with permission).
Second, I finally got hold of the first two volumes in Plaidy’s French Revolution series: Louis the Well Beloved and The Road to Compiegne. (These have been reissued in the UK, but I have the old Pan paperback versions.) These two books are about Louis XV, grandfather of Louis XVI, and his many mistresses. I finished Louis the Well Beloved a few days ago and am about a third of the way through with The Road to Compiegne. I’m really enjoying them–it’s a period of history I don’t know much about, having encountered Louis XV only in his final days in various novels about Marie Antoinette, so they’ve been both entertaining and illuminating reads. They were also written fairly early in Plaidy’s career; they don’t have the rushed feel that some of the later novels do. After these are finished, if I can’t find the third in the series, I may have to break down and get it from the UK.