The Rose & The Vine - Lydia Harman

The Rose & The Vine - Lydia Harman


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This is the terrifying and nail-biting story of the de Quatreaux family and friends as they attempt to survive the violent political changes of the French Revolution-and the guillotine. The head of the family, Jean-Pierre, works hard to persuade the king to take action before the organizers of the revolt topple the throne. Prominent amongst these is Maximilien Robespierre, instigator of The Terror and guiding father of the Revolution. Lareaux, an old enemy from the past, seeking de Quatreaux' life, complicates matters, setting his revengeful sights on Jean-Pierre's daughter Angelique. Angelique, incensed by the injustices flowing around her, narrowly escapes mob riots, lynching and witchcraft accusations and suffers abduction by Lareaux. As Robespierre's Terror increases, Angelique's twin, Emile and his friend Raoul, lead a dangerous, secret life as counter-revolutionaries; assisting in the rescue and emigration of many innocent victims, including the failed royal family flight to Varennes. This dangerous work leads to imprisonment of some (necessitating Emile and Raoul to organise prison breaks); quant beheading of others. This is a story of courage and valour, betrayal and vengeance, duelling and daring, during a period of madness when more innocent than guilty are summarily taken up and executed without trial.

Born in Western Australia, Lydia Harman graduated in General Nursing then midwifery. Following this, discovery of the sixties/seventies hitchhiking trail took her through the Middle East, Europe and Africa, before settling for two years in South Africa and eight in Rhodesia. Exploration of Asia, China and Mongolia came at a later date. These experiences; and a passion for history, led to writings of the historical novel and travel genres.

Format: Paperback

Pages: 393

Publisher: Diadem Books

ISBN: 978-0-9559852-1-8

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