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by Anne Somerset

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Author:
Anne Somerset
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978-0753817841
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0753817845
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Orion Pub Co; New Ed edition (August 2004)
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Louis XIV and his Court. 3. Sex and the Sun King. 4. The First Arrests. Bezons, Louis Bazin, Seigneur de Commissioner of Chambre Ardente who served alongside La Reynie as investigating magistrate in the Affair of the Poisons, and rapporteur to the Chamber. Blessis, Denis Poculot, Sieur de Alchemist lover of la Voisin. In late 1678 the Marquis de Termes had detained Blessis in his chateau in hopes that Blessis would furnish him with the secret of the Philosopher’s Stone.

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Somerset’s books are considered as Anne Somerset’s work often concerns historic royal scandals. Her book The Affair of the Poisons is a reexamination of the poisoning and occult scandal which rocked Paris in the late seventeenth century

Somerset’s books are considered as Anne Somerset’s work often concerns historic royal scandals. Her book The Affair of the Poisons is a reexamination of the poisoning and occult scandal which rocked Paris in the late seventeenth century. The scandal made its way right up to the court of Versailles, eventually even implicating some members of the French king’s most intimate circle. The affair itself was an explosive mix of ambition, revenge, superstition, witchcraft, murder, and public hysteria

The Affair of the Poisons (L'affaire des poisons) was a major murder scandal in France during the reign of King Louis XIV. Between 1677 and 1682, a number of prominent members of the aristocracy were implicated and sentenced on charges of poison.

The Affair of the Poisons (L'affaire des poisons) was a major murder scandal in France during the reign of King Louis XIV. Between 1677 and 1682, a number of prominent members of the aristocracy were implicated and sentenced on charges of poisoning and witchcraft. The scandal reached into the inner circle of the king. It led to the execution of 36 people.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The Affair of the Poisons, as it became known, was an extraordinary episode that took place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. When poisoning and black magic became widespread. She breathes new life into old sources so that we live the story again and see it afresh.

Lots (and lots, and lots) of names and dates and.

The King was a ruthless man. When he had deemed it necessary he had never hesitated to deal harshly with individuals who were thought to be close to him.

Anne Somerset qualms about arresting his supposed ‘favourite’, the Comte de Lauzun, for an offence whose exact nature remains unclear. Lauzun was incarcerated in the distant fortress of Pignerol, where he remained in solitary confinement for nine years.

A special court, the chambre ardente, 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.

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.
  • Unfortunately, this is an incredibly lifeless story. Probably because, in order for this to be book length, the author gets into incredibly minute details. At first, this is engaging. However, its a long slog when there are no real personalities (apart from the sun king, but it would be hard to make him boring).

    Basically, people really did believe in black magic back then, and lots of people tried to kill their spouses by conjuring daemons. They also didn't really understand much about medicine, so it was hard to say if a person died of natural causes or poison.

    Add into this a slightly paranoid king who used torture to get information, you get led on a bit of a wild goose chase. That's the whole story.

  • Really excellent book! Particularly where the author relates the stories of proven poisoners, and what they used to do the deed.
    One's viewpoint as to whether de Montespan and some of the other accused really was a poisoner is rapidly altered when informed that torture (crushing the legs) was routinely applied to convicted persons, a circumstance that resulted in the (un-convicted) prisoner telling wild stores and hurling vicious accusations at any and everyone he/she could, in order to delay the trial and probable conviction which would lead to horrific suffering.

  • I've read several about this particular episode in French heestory, but I had a hard time finishing this one... I guess because I came into knowing alot about that period in France that I got annoyed when much of it was repeated to 'fill in' spots when they weren't discussing the poison affair - but not a bad read.

  • Ever since reading Judith Merkle Riley's excellent novel "The Oracle Glass," about the Affair of the Poisons, I have wanted to know more about the actual history that Riley based her book on. "The Affair of the Poisons" is a wonderfully detailed, well-written study through this strange time in French history, when courtiers at one of the most elegant courts in Europe turned to poison, fortune tellers, and even black magic to gain influence, money, lovers, and to keep their social standing. Somerset opens a window into a strange world, and guides us through the tangle of court life with skill and deftness.

  • Fascinating study about the court and women surrounding Loius XXIV and the lengths they'd go to maintain favour.

  • This is a truly scholarly and well documented delineation of the scandal and the period, but a sometimes ponderous read If you are wanting something more readable, try Frances Mossiker's book by the same title.

  • Being French born and a history lover I was very familiar with the story. Great attention to detail and logic I wasn't disappointed with this English version. What a ride. Great job

  • Scholarly and doesn't pander to the lurid aspects of the tale.