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Review: THE BRETHREN by Robert Merle

29 December 2017

Hankering for fiction set in sixteenth century France? I recently discovered THE FORTUNES OF FRANCE by Robert Merle, a series of thirteen historical novels that span the years 1547...

Review: LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

3 October 2017

If, as Audrey Hepburn reminds us, "Paris is always a good idea," then Paris at Christmas is an even better one! Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take full advantage of the possibilities...

Historical Novels Set in Sixteenth-Century France

15 September 2017

Tired of Tudors and Borgias? If you enjoy historical fiction set in sixteenth century France, here are some novels to seek out:ClassicsThe Princesse de Cleves (1678) by Madame...

King François I, "Père des arts, des armes et des lois"

13 September 2017

Bon vivant. Ladies' man. Humanist scholar. Patron of the arts. Warrior. King.In true Renaissance fashion, François I of France, born this day in 1497, was all those things and...