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Dans son top-rated roman, Maryse Rouy revisite pour nous les couloirs du temps et nous fait découvrir l. a. vie de cour au XIIe siècle. Très documenté, son récit nous entraîne à los angeles suite d’Azalaïs, une jeune suivante à l. a. cour de Philippa, épouse du comte de Poitou et duc d’Aquitaine. Voilà donc un roman historique savammant dosé où l’époque médiévale nous est contée avec rigueur et dans un kind enlevant et où histoires, aventures et intrigues amoureuses se marient admirablement.

Autour de deux personnages qui ont profondément marqué leur époque, Guillaume IX d’Aquitaine, le best troubadour, et Robert d’Arbrissel, le fondateur de Fontevraud, l’auteure a recréé, dans ses moindres détails, et pour notre plus grand plaisir, l. a. vie de cour du XIIe siècle. Sur fond de poésie courtoise, dans un cadre historique savamment reconstitué, elle a campé une héroïne imaginaire qui nous introduit dans un monde de femmes : celui de l. a. noblesse médiévale. À l’histoire d’Azalaïs, s’ajoutent celles de Philippa, de Mahaut, de Bieris… autant de façons de chercher le bonheur et une reconnaissance sociale dans un monde largement dominé par les valeurs masculines.

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VIII After Alston was through asking questions, it was Lanny’s turn, and he had accumulated quite a list. “Professor,” he began, “there is something that has been troubling my mind for nearly half a year. ” “The rule still holds, that we never speak the words atomic fission except when it is absolutely necessary. ” “It would be foolhardy for us to risk taking any German into our confidence in this matter. ” “Let me tell you a little about this man. I have known him since before Hitler. She was a devoted Socialist Party member, and her first husband was murdered by the Nazis; she became a worker in the underground, and died in Dachau concentration camp, in spite of my best efforts to save her.

Lanny came away from this evening affair comparing the company to a flock of buzzards he had observed while on a motor trip through the American Far West, squabbling over the carcass of a donkey which had perished in the desert. He heard from the lips of Fernand de Brinon himself the story of how that worthy had brought about the restoration of Pierre Laval. The Nazi governor of Paris was Otto Abetz, red-headed German intellectual who had a French wife as well as a French mistress, and who made a specialty of posing as a friend of Latin culture.

Lanny found the German Nazis strange and terrible people, but he found even more fantastic these Fascists of the Spanish and French Catholic pattern, who were building this machinery of repression in the name of Jesus Christ. He asked about Charlot’s older brother, Denis, fils, and here was another family tragedy difficult for the younger to talk about. ” exclaimed the younger brother. “I cannot talk to him, but he has such respect for your judgment! It is not too late. He might come back here and see what we are doing.

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