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Lafayette, the Novel: Courtier to Crown Fugitive, 1757-1777

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Lafayette, the Novel: Courtier to Crown Fugitive, 1757-1777

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The FIRST novel about the early life of the Marquis de La Fayette, and the times of the 1770's in the French court where he is be...

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In June 1777 the 19 year old Marquis de La Fayette landed in the American colonies to fight in their revolution, and the rest, as they say is history. But over time many truths have been stretched, mo... st recently including a singing role in a Broadway hit musical. Still, the great historical mystery remains: how did the character of the young Gilbert de la Fayette develop? Much of Lafayette's own words about his early life were written when he was an elder statesman serving in the French Chamber of Deputies, and such writings were shaded to both the heroic as well as the political climate of the day. Author S.P. Grogan writes a fascinating fictional narrative about Gilbert Lafayette and his coming-of-age in the mid 1770's within the decadence of Queen Marie Antoinette's French court. The story begins with the child Gilbert sworn to avenge his military father's death against the English. The reader will track how a country boy of Auvergne becomes the richest orphan in France, and how forces behind the throne are after control over his fortune seek to marry him off to a 12 year old girl to support one of the most powerful military castes in France. Lafayette - Courtier to Crown Fugitive is an 'action' story of highway robbers, spies, mistresses and court intrigues. The reader can see the developing psychological make-up of Lafayette; his search for a father-figure, his need for supportive love, and his blind passion for glory and fame. What is revealed is a young boy in the throes of transformation under the influences of Queen Marie Antoinette's life style of spoiled privilege, his attitude towards his young wife in a forced marriage, the secrets within the Masonic fraternity, the writings of Voltaire, the literary Encyclop distes, and the voice of the anti-slavery Abbot Raynal. All come together to transform his mind-set as Gilbert, blinded by class libert idealism, seeks to run away to join the American revolutionary army. In doing so, he becomes a fugitive from the King's edicts, and his ensuing flight and pursuit climax in a showdown on the beaches of Spain. Author S.P. Grogan is a best-selling author specializing in historical fiction. Vegas Die--retired mobsters being murdered Captain Cooked--Hawaiian monarchy culinary mystery With Revenge Comes Terror-- Reality television stars chasing Osama bin Laden Atomic Dreams at the Red Tiki Lounge--the goddess Pele and Atomic Bomb in post World War 2
  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Publication Date: 14/07/2018
  • Publisher: Addison & Highsmith Publishers
  • Illustrations: 20 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • Pages: 402
  • Dimensions (mm): 229x152x23mm
  • Weight: 585g
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  • Format:Paperback
  • Publication Date: 14/07/2018
  • Author:Stephen Grogan

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