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Charlatan Paperback – September 15, 2016
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Weina Dai Randel, author of The Moon in the Palace and The Empress of Bright Moon.
"I enjoyed it enormously...you brought The Affair flooding back to me with added excellent detail...It really is a remarkable achievement." Anne Somerset, author The Affair of the Poisons
"This book kept me reading into the night...luxury and squalor, royal scandal and sorcery...how could it not?" Fay Weldon, author The Life and Loves of a She-devil
- Publisher : Fireship Press (September 15, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 300 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1611793653
- ISBN-13 : 978-1611793659
- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.67 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,088,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What motivates an author to write historical fiction? The telling of stories untold? A revisioning of the past? Retrospective justice? Charlatan is all these and more. Told in richly descriptive and highly engaging prose, the work portrays in vivid details the torture, hangings and burnings of witches and their accomplices, including numerous priests. The author clearly knows her subject, the work as much informative as it is entertaining. Told from three points of view – the King’s mistress, the investigating police officer, the priest – Charlatan provides a fascinating insight into the occult underworld of Paris, its popularity, its secrecy, and the various motivations of those involved.
The premise of the story is the limitations of justice in a system riven by poverty and privilege, and it is a theme that plays out perfectly through masterful storytelling. The dialogue is impeccable and the pace never falters, the various storylines carefully woven into a seamless whole. Charlatan makes for confronting reading at times, but its all the stronger for not shying from the realities of the times. With Charlatan, Braithwaite makes a valuable contribution to raising awareness of a controversial subject.
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The book is about the 'Affair of the Poisons' which rocked the French aristocracy at the time. A very well written book, supported by detailed historical research. The characters are very well drawn, and I enjoyed the novel, and seeing the King's mistresses portrayed so well, since these people are probably the most interesting characters in history, in my view.The novel was so engaging that I finished it in one sitting.