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Francezka   By: (1860-1916)

Francezka by Molly Elliot Seawell

Francezka by Molly Elliot Seawell is a riveting historical fiction novel set in 18th-century France. The story follows the life of Francezka, a strong-willed and intelligent young woman who navigates the treacherous world of French society during a time of political and social upheaval.

Seawell masterfully captures the atmosphere of pre-revolutionary France, painting a vivid picture of the lavish and opulent lifestyles of the aristocracy. Her attention to detail is superb, and the descriptions of the fashion, etiquette, and grandeur of the period transport the reader back in time.

What sets Francezka apart from other historical novels is the development of its protagonist. Francezka is a refreshing and compelling character, defying the expectations placed upon women in her society. She is tenacious, opinionated, and undeterred by the restrictions imposed on her. It is truly inspiring to witness her transformation from a young girl confined by societal norms to a woman fully aware of her potential and determined to make a difference.

The book is not without its flaws, however. At times, the pacing can feel slow, and some of the political intrigue may overwhelm readers unfamiliar with French history. Additionally, while Seawell does an excellent job of capturing the mentality of the era, her portrayal of certain characters can be one-dimensional and overly stereotypical.

Despite these minor shortcomings, Francezka is a captivating and engaging read. Seawell's meticulous research and attention to detail bring the world of 18th-century France to life, providing an immersive experience for the reader. This book is a must-read for fans of historical fiction, particularly those with an interest in the French Revolution and the lives of women in that period.

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FRANCEZKA

by MOLLY ELLIOT SEAWELL

Author of The Sprightly Romance of Marsac, The History of the Lady Betty Stair, etc.

Illustrated by HARRISON FISHER

New York GROSSET & DUNLAP Publishers

Copyright 1902 The Bowen Merrill Company October

CONTENTS

Chapter Page I In the Heart of Paris 1 II The Little Actress 17 III The Rescue 30 IV In Beauty's Quarrel 40 V The Elder Brother 49 VI On the Balcony 62 VII An Ugly Duchess 72 VIII Our City of Refuge 86 IX A Crimson Mantle 98 X A Pilgrim and a Wayfarer 110 XI A Lost Cause 132 XII Only the Sunny Hours 142 XIII His Grace... Continue reading book >>




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