La dame d’Albi
Coming soon in English – Available only in French at the moment
2014 | historical thriller | 580 pages
In the summer of 1457, after the Hundred Years’ War, the future King Louis XI was in exile with the Duke of Burgundy when he learned of the announced marriage of the niece of the Bishop of Albi to the son of the Lord of Beynac.
This marriage did not please him: he lost his influence in Languedoc and favoured the lord of Beynac, whom the prince considered his enemy. On the other hand, he pleased his father, King Charles VII. Louis decides to send the Baron of Beaurepaire to assassinate him and thwart the plans of the King of France.
Great book, very absorbing, but we are looking forward to the rest.
What happened to this lady from Albi?
Where’s the sequel?
I enjoyed the story and the intrigue with characters that you don’t lose along the way, easy to follow, the style is pleasant to read with a modern vocabulary.
I will quickly dive a few centuries into your second book.
I am on the 3rd reading of this fascinating novel. I devoured it the first time, the second time I enjoyed it even more and the 3rd (probably not the last), I read it very slowly.
This book is both a life story about the Middle Ages and a great novel. The lady of Albi tells without judgment her life and that of her contemporaries.
I can’t wait to have a sequel.
what do you think about doing it?
I absolutely enjoyed it. A complete immersion in the Middle Ages. To be read by all lovers of historical Novel
A very pleasant book, fascinating to read, it’s hard to stop.
A little surprising in the reading when the “Lady” speaks in the first person singular (I this, I that) but you get used to it quickly.
To be read without moderation.
I am particularly fond of adventure and fantasy novels that transport me to a medieval universe and I loved this book. I read it in a weekend during which I was completely immersed in the middle ages.
I hadn’t read many historical novels until then. This one captivated me from beginning to end. It is a beautiful discovery.
Diving into the Middle Ages, this novel where the plot mixes both battle and human history is worth every movie with special effects!
confused work, with dubious historical verisimilitude, a style of writing too “current” which confuses and prevents to be at one with the epoch.
I think it’s a great novel, very well written with action twists. It’s a novel that I really liked. It is captivating you literally enter the Middle Ages and live the story !!! I loved it !!! Congratulations to the author !!!!!
I enjoyed every second reading this book.
I like that there’s an interesting and historical storyline.
read in a few hours, we would like a sequel or a novel of the same kind.
I somewhat dislike the story about Joan of Arc. Where is the truth? I prefer the official version.
A friend had recommended this historical novel to me. In spite of my reluctance, I started reading it and from the very first pages, I was taken by the story. I didn’t give up reading until very late at night.
Reading resumed very quickly the next day!
In summary, very good book, well documented .
I recommend it!
a book a fantastic story, never the slightest lassitude, you always want to know the rest bravo, I loved it.
Good, despite a not very nice contact with the author via Facebook.
It dies in turns without bothering, that’s the lot of the time, the solutions are radical. After a few thousand deaths, love triumphs, all’s well that ends well. This is not the history of France taught at school, although Louis XI didn’t have a very good reputation with his little cages, it was just a detail. A novel led drum beating, action after action, no time to get bored, better than our current films despite their special effects which make us feel so jaded when abused. Virile and warlike, this book should not please our ladies despite the title that evokes something else than this royal machination. Long live the King!
When I started this book, the narrator explains that Joan of Arc is a hoax, that it is in fact Joan of Bourbon and that in the end another one will be burned. The purpose of this scenario was to give Charles VII back the crown. This assertion, at odds with the historians’ version, annoyed me.
Similarly, the vocabulary is too modern and becomes anachronistic.
I closed the book, and did not return to it until a few weeks later.
The Hundred Years’ War is over, and the dissolved armies have partly returned home. The rest were formed into dreaded armed bands: the truck drivers and skinners who terrorized the populations.
Charles VII and his son Louis, the Dauphin, are at war. The latter wants to base his power on Albi.
It is by means of these seasoned men that Louis’s followers develop their strategy, without any hesitation…
It is all this strategy and its implementation that we are following.
The men are practically the only protagonists of this book.
The Lady of Albi appears only in chapter 15, and again in a very secondary role. She quickly gives way to soldiers and battles. On the other hand, we understand that she is the narrator.
She only has a real role in chapter 40 (the book contains 45). So she makes herself wait for the lady from Albi.