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THE AFFAIR OF THE POISONS

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Book Summary of THE AFFAIR OF THE POISONS

The 'Affair of the Poisons' was a scandal at which 'all France trembled' and which 'horrified the whole of Europe' as it implicated a number of prominent persons at the court of King Louis XIV in the late 17th century. Parisian society was seized by a fad for spiritualist seances, fortune- telling, and the use of love potions. The most celebrated case was that of La Voisin, a midwife and fortune-teller whose real name was Catherine Deshayes Monvoisin and whose clientele included the Marquise de Montespan, Olympe Mancini and Marshal Luxembourg. No formal charges were made, and there is no evidence that they were seriously implicated, yet a permanent stain was left on their names. La Voisin was burned as a poisoner and a sorceress in 1680. A special court was instituted to judge cases of poisoning and witchcraft, and the poison epidemic came to an end in France.This bizarre witchhunt, which embroiled the gilded denizens of Versailles with the most sordid dregs of Paris society, remains both a fascinating enigma and an utterly compelling story.

Details of Book: THE AFFAIR OF THE POISONS (BSID:20930)

Book THE AFFAIR OF THE POISONS
Author ANNE SOMERSET
ISBN 0753817845
ISBN-13 9780753817841, 978-0753817841
Binding Paperback
Publisher ORION PUBLISHING GROUP
Publishing Date 01/01/2007
Number of Pages 400
Language English

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Rebecca August 05, 2010 review from Goodreads

Takes a wider look at the celebrated Affair of the Poisons, which caused great scandal, and may have brought down Madame de Montespan, one of Louis XIV's mistresses. For a fictional look at the same story, try Judith Merkle Riley's book, The Oracle Glass.For the full review, please go here:http:/...

Sienamystic June 16, 2010 review from Goodreads

After reading Judith Merkle Riley's excellent fantasy-tinged historical novel The Oracle Glass, I searched in vain for a straight history so I could learn more about this very strange and sensational time within a strange and sensational bit of French history. Anne Somerset's book clearly lays ou...

Deanna August 17, 2010 review from Goodreads

Bought this book in the bookshop at the palace of versailles and read it when I was in France. This was a topic I never heard about before and I am glad I read this book. If you like social history about people and how they lived then this book is for you.

E January 07, 2012 review from Goodreads

A great non-fiction book that reads a bit like a suspense thriller. A great portrait of how corrupt the decadent court at Versailles, this book deftly brings to life some historical figures of whom I knew nothing about before reading.

Jasmine December 04, 2008 review from Goodreads

Interesting, but a little bogged down with unnecessary details, which made it hard to read at times. Still fascinating, though.

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