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La petite peste et le chat botté

Filed under: 02. Novels — 5 April, 2009 @ 21:00

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Summer 1807: What is the carriage of General Junot doing in the middle of the night in the courtyard of the Elysée  Palaceand, and who is this young and beautiful woman on the point of losing patience inside? Bound since childhood to the Bonaparte family, Laure Martin Permon, of Corsican and Greek origins, has not yet decided if she loves or hates the General apprentice with his thin legs in his too vast boots whose truly fabulous destiny made of him Emperor Napoleon the first. At sixteen, she married for requited love, General Alexander Andoche Junot, a wonderful gifted man with exceptional bravery. Now Junot dedicates his emperor a devotion and admiration near idolatry. Governor of Paris, showered with honors and wealth, and soon to be Duke of Abrantes, he would give away everything without hesitation to be nothing more than a small aide-de-camp (assistant-in-field) attached night and day to his personal god… Which prodigiously annoys his wife, maid of honor to Madam Mother, a function she does not often fulfil while she is a close friend of the charming and foolish Pauline, princess Borghese by marriage. Her relationships is not nearly as good with Caroline, the youngest of the Bonaparte sisters who became Grand Duchess of Berg then queen of Naples. The knives are even drawn between her and Laura when she discovers that her husband is Caroline’s lover, that she brags willingly about it and that she has undertaken to make her rival’s life miserable. Other worries: Since his last campaign, Napoleon seems to put gradually Junot away from his immediate entourage which put the unhappy man under torture. A frequent topic of conversation between the Emperor and the One who since the affair,”Puss in Boots”, he nicknamed “the little Pest”.

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Orignal edition – Big letters edition – Club’s edition
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russia.gif  From Russia : “Тайны Елисейского дворца”
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