Jean Baptiste Cl ry Eyewitness to Louis XVI Marie Antoinette s Nightmare KIRKUS REVIEWS Bashor presents a blow by blow telling of the tribulations valet Jean Baptiste Cl ry endured in the service of King Louis XVI The author quickly makes it clear where his sympathies lie

  • Title: Jean-Baptiste Cléry: Eyewitness to Louis XVI & Marie-Antoinette's Nightmare
  • Author: Will Bashor
  • ISBN: 9780615584904
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • KIRKUS REVIEWS Bashor presents a blow by blow telling of the tribulations valet Jean Baptiste Cl ry endured in the service of King Louis XVI The author quickly makes it clear where his sympathies lie, framing Cl ry s life as one of the most movingand tragic stories in history This biography of JEAN BAPTISTE CL RY exposes the inner struggles of the young servant who serKIRKUS REVIEWS Bashor presents a blow by blow telling of the tribulations valet Jean Baptiste Cl ry endured in the service of King Louis XVI The author quickly makes it clear where his sympathies lie, framing Cl ry s life as one of the most movingand tragic stories in history This biography of JEAN BAPTISTE CL RY exposes the inner struggles of the young servant who served as the personal valet to King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette before their tragic rendezvous with the guillotine.Incorporating findings from research based on journals and m moires from the late 18th and early 19th century France, the compelling story sheds light on the often neglected aspects of the lives of royal servants including their steadfast loyalty and dedication to the king s family as well as concern for their own personal well being in dangerous, terrifying circumstancesAN BAPTISTE CL RY is the first non fiction work to provide insight into the cultural and psychological world of this tragic royal family from a very different perspective, that of a dedicated servant Cl ry was the only personal servant permitted to accompany and remain with Louis and his family in the Temple where they were imprisoned in 1792 Isolated from his family, accused of spying, and eventually imprisoned himself for his loyalty, Cl ry spent his final days in exile in Austria.Was Cl ry wrongly accused of infidelity to the royal family Was he an agent of the revolutionaries JEAN BAPTISTE CL RY separates fact from rumor, and finally unravels the truth about this ordinary man in an extraordinary setting with very extraordinary actors

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    1. I was fortunate enough to have been a first reads winner and I have to say it was a fascinating and sad read of the nightmare the royal family had to endure during their last years alive. It was told from the perspective of their faithful servant Clery. I have read accounts of the french revolution before but never with the added human dimension of an eyewitness. My heart goes out especially to the young dauphin who had to suffer so cruelly. I highly recommend this book for any history lovers.

    2. A very interesting account of this period of France's history. Told from the viewpoint of Jean Baptiste Clery, who remained with the Royal Family to the end. It is sympathetic to the Royal Family, and it is impossible not to feel sad as we read the cruelty meted out.A very interesting piece for anyone who loves Royalty.

    3. Very interesting story! It's hard to imagine anyone volunteering to go to prison just to serve a royal family. This is a look at the lives of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, from the inside, that is never told. I didn't know what happened to their children, and now I do. Very nicely written.I won this book in the First Read giveaway.

    4. VERY FACINATING!! An extremely well written account of a stunning period in history- Mr. Bashor has managed to find a new view on an oft told topic- and it is a winner in every sense- WELL DONE!!!!

    5. I downloaded this ebook for free through the site.I didn't know what to expect, after all it could have been a really dry and formal text, but in fact I found it a pleasure to read at the start. It was very interesting to view the French Revolution from a point of view that was neither the royalty nor the rebels, but rather the servants, a group of people often overlooked.I also enjoy learning not just about the big events, but of the daily lives. Here we learn how the servants were treated, ho [...]

    6. All in all a sad and engaging book that does seem to lay to rest any concerns about the fidelity of Clery to his royal masters, and which makes vivid the sufferings of royalty during the revolution. Bashor has certainly chosen his side, and he sticks to it. There are a number of points in which Bashor speculates in a sort of novelistic way about what Clery or another person may have been thinking or doing (smelling lilacs in the garden, enjoying the view, worrying about one's family) at a given [...]

    7. This is based on a giveaway.This was a decent read giving a somewhat new dimension to the story of the French Revolution. I read this book after reading several books about the French Revolution; A Place of Greater Safety, The Days of the French Revolution, and Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution. This may have influenced my opinion of Mr. Bashor's book. I may have found it more enjoyable if I had read it on its own.

    8. Won this book on from their first reads giveaways and its was by far one of the best history books I have read! It was easy to read and understand and no odd wording. The only reason I didn't give a 5 star rating was because of some date inversions.(Instead of 1793 it would be 1973) But over all a very good book that i would recommend to anyone.

    9. Fascinating story that adds a human dimension to the history of the French Revolution that most readers will not know. (Promenade Magazine, Phyllis Singer, Ed.)

    10. I began following Will Bashor on after falling in love with his unique snapshot of Versailles in hisbook on Marie-Antoinette's hair dresser. I saw this book on his feed and on Prime (I have since bought it). This book is a must read for anyone interested in French royalty, their court and the revolution. This is not another repetitive biography.This book has the details that most treat as a brief intermission, of a few paragraphs, between the two 'interesting' acts - the hedonistic court and t [...]

    11. I was lucky enough to be one of the First Read winners from for this book. Overall, it is a very compelling and sad story about the life and death of the royal family. I thought that the author did a good job at being a story teller and trying to not only give Clery's side of the story but also the various royal family's as well. I was rather confused at times with the way the author presented events. In multiple cases, he would repeat word for word what he said in reference to an event in a pr [...]

    12. I have consistently been attempting to read this book for more than a book & I'm finally giving up. To be fair, this is likely somewhat due to the weird e-book format I got the book in. On the other side of things, the writing sort of failed to engage me and convince me that Clery is a figure I should know about to better understand Louis XVI and the French Revolution. The details about servant life and how one had to rise the ranks are interesting, of course, but they could have been presen [...]

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