To me, history is about people—their foibles, mishaps, and grand adventures. I hope you’ll enjoy learning these surprising and often fascinating stories.
Clashing of Wills
What if you were one of the most powerful men in the world and met a woman who could not be conquered? Such was Napoleon's dilemma in December 1797 when the renowned beauty and socialite Juliette Récamier entered his life.
At the very moment that he stood on a stage dressed in his green battle uniform, being acclaimed by an adoring crowd as a heroic victor, attention turned from him and focused on the stunning beauty. Upstaged, Napoleon fumed. But such was the undeniable power of Juliette.
Other incidents would pit the two against the other. He had political and military power. She had her own power, a power of charm, intelligence, and compassion. How would it end?
Surviving the Horror
How did a young wax modeling apprentice named Marie Grasholtz survive the horrors of the French Revolution to become one of the history's most famous and enduring business women?
A woman in her 20s, Marie found herself confronted with shocking atrocities. She associated with many influential people of the French Revolution and frequently found herself the recipient of their guillotined heads.
She emerged from those terrible times with troubles of her own, but was able turn her experiences into one of the most enduring and well known tourist attractions in history.
Teetering on the Edge
Discover the courage and loyalty of two friends who found themselves on the wrong side of history. What would you do if your way of life was becoming extinct?
Marie Antoinette became Queen of France at a time when the centuries-old nobility system was on the brink of collapse. Along with her steadfast friend and confidante, the Princesse de Lamballe, at her side, she clung to her lifestyle against insurmountable odds.
“This is history writing at its very best; vivid detail, characters colourfully brought to life and events clearly described. Anyone with an interest in French history, 18th-century Europe or the main players will find this book hugely appealing.”
“A a winning balance between vivid storytelling and well-researched history. Non-fiction is usually at its best when the author’s enthusiasm for their subject emerges clearly but yet remains tempered by scholarly study, and this is the case here.”