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By Caroline Moorehead

“[A] amazing biography….Moorehead deftly wields sessions detail…to inform the tale of a charming girl who saved her experience of self amid the vicissitudes of politics.”


From acclaimed biographer Caroline Moorhead comes Dancing to the Precipice, a sweeping chronicle of the awesome lifetime of Lucie de los angeles travel du Pin—“an astute, completely attractive biography of an impressive girl” (Boston Globe) who, over the span of a few eighty years, was once witness to, and sometimes a player within the significant social upheavals of eighteenth-century French history.

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She refused to pay attention. Frédéric, in the meantime, having heard a lot approximately Lucie from her father, made up our minds that the instant had come for him to take a spouse. via his cousin, the Archbishop of Auch, he approached Archbishop Dillon and provided for Lucie’s hand. Mme de Rothe protested, yet Marie Antoinette herself permit or not it's identified that she was once in favour; and different individuals of Frédéric’s huge and popular kinfolk got here ahead to place strain for the fit to ensue. Mme de Rothe expected–and wished–Lucie to refuse. with out hesitating, Lucie authorized. ‘It used to be an instinct,’ she wrote later, ‘a counsel from above…I felt that I belonged to him, that my complete existence used to be his. ’ Negotiations now opened among the 2 households. Frédéric, like Lucie, used to be inheritor to a substantial fortune in feudal dues, a number of estates, invested cash, rentals from generators and a toll river crossing, in all bringing in a few 30,000 francs a yr. Frédéric used to be an attractive younger guy. He was once eleven years older than Lucie, and had served with contrast in the US with Lafayette, which was once whilst he had inspired Arthur together with his intelligence and braveness. What used to be extra, he got here from a notable family members, with an extended line of illustrious ancestors–Lucie famous and preferred illustrious forebears–descending from the dukes of Aquitaine, and bearing as their coat of palms winged griffins and several other dolphins. His maternal grandfather, M. de Monconseil, web page to Louis XIV, had as soon as set the King’s wig on hearth whereas carrying out him again from traveling his mistress, Mme de Maintenon. M. de Monconseil had risen to turn into commander of the military in higher Alsace, then used a fortune made playing to shop for an unlimited property at Saintonge. although he had lately died, his widow, Mme de Monconseil, was once identified to be troubled for the wedding to Lucie to happen. She was once a pal of Voltaire’s, and he or she was once regularly spoke of in her circle as ‘une grande intrigante’, an outstanding schemer. Former lady-in-waiting to the Queen of Poland, and remembered for the amazing events she gave at her nation apartment, Bagatelle, Mme de Monconseil was once eighty five, a witty, forceful girl, cynical within the demeanour of the early 18th-century salon hostesses. Frédéric’s mom, Cécile, was once Mme de Monconseil’s eldest daughter, yet after a chain of scandals a long time past she have been close away in a convent, as was once nonetheless the customized in lots of households. There she have been enclosed for the previous twenty years. Her sister Adélaïde, Frédéric’s aunt, have been married, at 15, to the Prince d’Hénin. Mme de Monconseil and the younger Princesse d’Hénin held a perpetual salon within the trendy Chaussée d’Antin, with beds and sofas within the antechambers, in order that site visitors easily got here and stayed for a number of days; mom and daughter have been considered as robust figures in Paris society. The Princesse d’Hénin, saw the Marquis de Bombelles, who used to be to put up seventy one volumes of diaries ahead of the top of the century, was once beautiful, trendy and no much less scheming than her mom. The Princesse d’Hénin may play a relevant half in Lucie’s existence.

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