La Princesse de Clèves
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One of the first European novels ever written, La Princesse de Clèves is a dazzling work of historical fiction. A young and beautiful girl, Mademoiselle de Chartres, arrives at the French king’s court along with her meddlesome mother, who wants her daughter to find a husband. Soon enough, our heroine finds herself married, albeit to the rather dull Prince of Clèves. Although she has made what many would consider a successful match, the Princess is far from happy. She does not love her husband, and her future with him seems only to promise boredom and discontent. When a charming Duke enters the picture, however, the Princess finds herself in love for the first time. The Duke and the Princess fall under each other’s spell and a complicated intrigue, full of mysterious letters, passionate longing, and intense suspicion begins to develop. Will the lovers’ passion ever be satisfied? Or will duty force the Princess to remain true to her husband? Dive into the glamorous and intricate world of La Princesse de Clèves to find out.
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La magnificence et la galanterie n'ont jamais paru en France avec tant d'éclat que dans les dernières années du règne de Henri second. Ce prince était galant, bien fait et amoureux; quoique sa passion pour Diane de Poitiers, duchesse de Valentinois, eût commencé il y avait plus de vingt ...Back to top
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