The Bastard Prince of Versailles
A novel inspired by true events
by Will Bashor
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Pub Date 06 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 01 Oct 2023
In The Bastard Prince of Versailles, a novel inspired by true events, Count Louis of Vermandois is abandoned by his mother, abused by his uncle's gay lover, and rejected by his father, Louis XIV of France, when the king discovers his son's involvement in a secret gay fraternity. After being exiled, Count Louis struggles to redeem himself through heroism and self-sacrifice on the battlefield.
In his masterpiece of historical fiction, Will Bashor gives us everything we love about royal drama. The way he interweaves the glory and splendor of XVII century France with the sins and debauchery of its elite is simply unforgettable. -- Matt Ljr, Netherlands Review
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This story was absolutely captivating. As someone fascinated by the Versailles era of France this book was everything and brilliantly executed. Very historically accurate as much as possible with excellent timelines. This story gives the reader a real “in-person” feel of life in and around Versailles during the reign of King Louis XIV. You’ll walk down the halls with Count Louis and see the life for the brilliance and evil that it was. An absolute gripping must read!
In this novel based on historical events, Louis de Bourbon, illegitimate son of Louis XIV, faces a precarious future when his mother abandons him to enter a convent. Joining the household of the Duke d'Orléans, Louis attracts the attention of the duke's lover, the Chevalier de Lorraine. His royal father denounces adolescent Louis for his role in a secret society spurning the love of women. Can he find redemption through selfless heroism in the king's army?
This is an interesting and enjoyable novel that offers some insight into the court of Versailles. While there are suggestions of same-sex dalliances, nothing much is dramatized, to the point that it's unclear whether anything actually happened. It's confusing and frustrating that the author is so coy. I understand the challenges, but you can leave things up to the reader's imagination without leaving them in the dark. It's a serious topic, given the nature of the secret society, and the author glosses over it. (If you're going to write a book about adult men seducing teenage boys, then have the courage to own it.) Apart from this omission, the book is a fascinating coming-of-age story.
Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.
Absolutely phenomenal! Terrific from start to finish. I just love reading about unknown historical people and the author does a great job of bringing Count Louis to life. What a tale that you have to read about. This book comes with pictures - it just doesn't get any better than this. I will definitely be keeping this author on my radar! Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publishers for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Absolutely splendid, drenched in history and steeped in intrigue. As an avid history buff and lover of all things Louis XIV, this beautifully dramatic novel ticked all the boxes! An absolutely un-put-downable, thrilling read.
Absolutely magnificient historical retelling of a captivating story. I loved the way the author writes and makes us immerse into the story. A wonderful read.
Thank you NetGalley for the eARC. I was so intrigued by this story! I had no idea any of this had happened. I could not decide if i wanted to believe the stories of what may have happened to junger Louis or to assume he died. I just wanted to give the poor boy a hug! Very well written!
I really enjoyed reading this book, it had everything that I wanted from a historical fiction novel. It does everything that I wanted and enjoyed about the time-period. Will Bashor does a great job in writing this and enjoyed how the characters were written. It was a great read and I enjoyed getting to go on this journey.
I don’t usually read historical fiction, but when I do, I do have some favourites authors, I have read quite some books from Phillipa Gregory that I really enjoyed and you know what? I didn’t know Will Bashor before of this book, but after reading this one, I know I can read his books as well, he writes in a very accessible way and even thou I didn’t know Louis I did enjoy his story, and to tell you the truth my heart aches for the little boy he was… but never mind that, please read this book is worth our time, and fans of historical fiction, based in people that was real, grab this book and read for yourself, this book stands for itself, gives us a real look into the court intrigue, into Versailles, and even in a week king… yeah you need to see that for yourself.
Thank you NetGalley and BooksGoSocial, for the free ARC and this is my honest opinion.