Before Versailles by Karleen Koen
A Novel of Louis XIV

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"A grand yet intimate look at the Sun King, a tale rich with detail and action."—Library Journal (Starred Review, one of the best historical novels of the year)

Before Versailles transports you to a world of secret passions and plots, a world of duplicity and malice...a world that created one of the
best–known monarchs to grace the French throne.

At the most decisive time in the young king's life, Louis XIV can taste the
danger. His court teems with greed and corruption, the wrong woman
draws him into a wrenching love affair, and a mysterious boy in an iron mask
haunts the woods. The untried ruler is coming into his own in 1661, and
Louis XIV must face what he is willing to sacrifice for honor and for love.

Meticulously researched and gorgeously brought to life by New York Times bestselling author Karleen Koen, Before Versailles offers up a sumptuous,
authentic exploration of a time that forged a man into a king.

Praise for Before Versailles:

"In this magnificently written and researched novel, Karleen Koen brings to vibrant life the early years and loves of the future Sun King."—Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear and the Land of Painted Caves

"A baroque cornucopia spilling over with intrigue, passion, jealousy, ambition, and rich historical detail, Before Versailles offers a glittering glimpse of the crucial months that shaped Louis XIV into Europe's most powerful monarch."—Eleanor Herman, author of Sex with Kings



About Karleen Koen

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KARLEEN KOEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Through a Glass Darkly, Now Face to Face, and Dark Angels, an Indie Next List Bestseller and a BookSense pick. She lives in Houston, Texas.
Published September 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 400 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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she had no idea how, and he touched her breasts, and she closed her eyes.” Louis pleases Louise, apparently, for she now thinks of him as “a demigod, not only to her, but to all the kingdom.” But Louis, attentive though he may be, has bigger fish to fry, among them the quest to discover the ident...

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Following solidly in the footsteps of Dumas, Koen (Dark Angels) reveals independent-spirited Louise to be a modern heroine in period costume, and, with her focus on the time just before Louis becomes the unrivaled Sun King, she finds the era ripe for intrigue and romance, not to mention possible ...

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Before King Louis XIV was known was one of the greatest French kings and before he gained the nickname "The Sun King", he was just a young king learning how to rule, whom to trust, and whom to love.

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I've always had a soft spot for the antics of the French court --- even more so than the English courts --- and I'm the type of person who can't turn down a story about the Tudors.

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Louise de la Baume le Blanc was about to become one of King Louis XIV’s great loves and mistress of many years.

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After the death of his prime minister, Cardinal Mazarin, twenty-two-year-old Louis steps into governing France.

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