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The Betrayal of the Duchess

The Betrayal of the Duchess

The Scandal That Unmade the Bourbon Monarchy and Made France Modern

The dramatic tale of the Duchesse de Berry’s quest to retake the French throne for the Bourbons-and her betrayal at the hands of one of her closest advisors

In July 1830, the French royal family went into exile. From a drafty Scottish castle, the Duchesse de Berry hatched a plot to restore the dynasty and, after two years of careful planning, she set out to reclaim the throne for her son. For months, she commanded a guerilla army and evaded capture by disguising herself as a man. But soon she was betrayed by her trusted advisor, a convert from Judaism named Simon Deutz. The scandal that ensued turned the duchess’s plight into a cause célèbre for the royalist right and ignited a firestorm of hate against France’s Jews. By blaming an entire people for the actions of a single man, this affair set the terms for the century of antisemitism that followed.

Brimming with intrigue and lush detail, The Betrayal of the Duchess is the riveting story of a high-spirited woman, the charming man who double-crossed her, and the birth of one of the modern world’s most deadly forms of hatred.

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Genre: Nonfiction / History / Europe / France

On Sale: April 14th 2020

Price: $30 / $38 (CAD)

Page Count: 384

ISBN-13: 9781541645455

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