In a France torn apart by revolutions and coups, it seemed that power was right there for the taking. And the Duchess of Berry wasn’t going to pass up her chance. Together with her closest followers, she plotted to topple King Louis Philip I and put her own son on the throne. Her insurrection helped inspire the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, which was later immortalised in "Les Miserables".
In classic Dumas fashion, "The Last Vendée" uses these events as the backdrop for a florid romance. Pacy and packed with intrigues, this is top draw historical fiction from the author of "The Three Musketeers".
Alexandre Dumas (1802 - 1870) was a hugely popular 19th century French writer. Born of mixed French and Haitian heritage, Dumas first rose to prominence in Paris as a playwright, but later gained international fame with his historical fiction.
Often co-authored with other writers, these stories wove together swashbuckling adventure, romance, and real events from France’s past. Among the best known are "The Three Musketeers", and its sequels "Twenty Years After", and "Le Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later". Set across four decades, this trilogy follows the rise of the dashing D’Artagnan—from hot-headed soldier to trusted captain under Louis XIV.
Dumas’ other novels include "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "The Black Tulip". His works have been adapted into more than 200 movies, including The Man in the Iron Mask starring Leonardo DiCaprio.