AUTHOR: Kelly Gardiner
PUBLISHER: Fourth Estate (HarperCollins)
AWARDS: Bisexual Book Awards Nominee for Fiction (2015)
by Kelly Gardiner
Versailles, 1686: Julie d’Aubigny, a striking young girl taught to fence and fight in the court of the Sun King, is taken as mistress by the King’s Master of Horse. Tempestuous, swashbuckling and volatile, within two years she has run away with her fencing master, fallen in love with a nun and is hiding from the authorities, sentenced to be burnt at the stake. Within another year, she has become Mademoiselle de Maupin, a beloved star at the famed Paris Opéra. Her lovers include some of Europe’s most powerful men and France’s most beautiful women. Yet Julie is destined to die alone in a convent at the age of 33.
Based on a true story.
Historical figure Julie d’Aubigny is attracted to people of multiple genders in this fiction account of her life. This portrayal is consistent to what we know about Julie d’Aubigny’s real life.