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Extraterritorial Rights- Marceau (Historical Fiction Novel)

by on Oct.15, 2013, under French Historical Fiction

The many chateaux belonging to Maurice Marceau and his family were subject to extraterritorial rights and were not subject to local or national jurisdiction.

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The Order — A Financial Organization Excerpt from Marceau French Historical Fiction Novel

by on Oct.14, 2013, under French Historical Fiction

MarceauHistorically, members to the few  financial institutions in Europe in 1788  were known to meet privately and they held power over any kind of funding for a sovereign or heads of state. Maurice  Marceau created this order to bring an authoritative direction to the monetary systems in Europe. Marceau was partial to the money problems France inherited since the reign of Louis XIV and he did everything he could to keep the government from a complete halt again. In Maurice Marceau’s mind, regulation for the prices for bread and other types of food, as well as to the cost of leasing land from the nobility (since they owned most of the farming land) were essential in controlling the price wars and other financial forms of extortion in and around the city of Paris.

Excerpt from Marceau French Historical Fiction Novel #Histfic

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Guillaume — supporting character in Marceau

by on Oct.14, 2013, under Gay

Dinner theatre was a common form of entertainment in Paris and throughout Europe for that matter. This art form brought an ambiance to the audience based upon the various acts performed on stage. Le Salon Orangerie was a private theatre meaning only members were allowed to attend. This Salon was bought by Maurice Marceau for Guillaume although this tidbit of information is not in the story. Le Salon Orangerie was used as an outlet to voice concerns politically as well as for entertainment. Guillaume is one of my favorite characters in the whole novel. He is a character actor in the theatre who  quite careful with clothes and dotes on Maurice.

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by on Oct.13, 2013, under French Historical Fiction


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Historical Events in Marceau (Historical Fiction Novel) – Chapter One

by on Oct.11, 2013, under French Historical Fiction

Duc de Roche Dinner – Chapter One

The actual dinner event that Maurice Marceau attended was based on real dinner events written about in several gazettes that are still available today for reading thanks to the archives in the Bibliotheque Nationale France. The Duc de Roche (named changed from a real member and deputy of the third estate of the general assembly) hosted many late night dinners at his chateau. The dinners were lively as many authors now famous attended. Many discussions were proposed that evening including the forming of a National Assembly as well as to the adding of divorce (per Maurice’s handsome payment to them) to the estate assembly’s roster that was supposed to be read live at the next estates general assembly meeting the 5th of May 1789 with the King and the royal and clergy estates. Maurice was highly favored by the King due to Maurice’s vast financial means. The Duc de Roche and other deputies and members knew that proposing divorce would be easier to get through due to Maurice’s status which would weigh heavy against the King’s beliefs and the power the clergy estate held over the legal system. Divorce was simply not an option. Surely, any King or any sovereign or head of state would find it very hard to say no to the very man who finances the flow of money in one’s government, right?

Now as we know, the estates general assembly meeting did take place however not ALL of the members to the Third Estate could vote due to King Louis XVI’s clever move on using the very same rules and protocols for voting as dictated in Louis XIV’s court in 1614; meaning the voting was not counted individually only collectively by each estate as a group. So what happened next? A few deputies to the third estate remained. The rest met at a local hotel not far from Versailles to discuss their grievances and proposals for change while the estates general meeting quarreled on the method of voting for the levying of taxes. Thus resulting in the famous “impasse” that only confirmed the third estate’s aspirations to continue with the idea of forming a new government.

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Vivienne the Vixen

by on Oct.10, 2013, under French Historical Fiction

Vivienne who is officially Maurice Marceau’s wife (in name only of course) is quite a woman. She consults a seer who performs a ritual on her to enhance her fertility. Vivienne’s first instincts were to keep Maurice as her husband for her survival by having a second child with him, however as the story unfolds, she does not even recognize Maurice at first due to her drunken state and thinks the man sitting by her bed (Maurice) is one of her lovers and notices his very good looks. When her eyes slowly begin to focus, she is quite surprised to know this man is her husband Maurice.

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Contractual Marriages in 1788 Paris, FR

by on Oct.09, 2013, under French Historical Fiction

If one was set for a contractual marriage during the 1700’s or any era prior to modern times for that matter, that meant that a contract between your family and your future spouse’s family was set. That meant that at a future time, one’s life would contain a husband or wife in name only. Believe this or not, these contractual marriages were real and whether the relationship turned out to be emotionally true or not did not matter because the marriage was set for life — especially in France. There was no divorce in France due to the religion. Religion played a major role in terms of the law in France. Divorce was not a possibility. The lack of divorce forced both husband and wife to other relationships outside the marriage.

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Gay in 1788 Paris, FR

by on Oct.07, 2013, under French Historical Fiction, Gay

I actually did some research on what it was like to be gay in Paris, FR back in 1788. There were two acceptable modes both men and women could partake. As a man in the higher echelons of society, one was expected to be married with children. Still, the marriage kept going and the children kept growing with the entire family remaining intact.

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Ancient Manuscript

by on Oct.07, 2013, under French Historical Fiction, Myth and Legends

The ancient manuscript in this novel can be found in the archives of the British Museum. The translation to this manuscript has been done several times. The translated version I am using is by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers (yes one person) who used various translations by Sloane, Harleian, King and Lansdowne and an unknown author who daringly translated ancient Hebrew right into Latin which is quite a feat.

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Cambridge University

by on Oct.07, 2013, under Young Adult

A few of my readers have asked why I chose Cambridge University for Maximilien’s education. The reason is primarily due to the fact that Max lives in the UK and Cambridge used to have a magic society in the 1800’s. Since it was a private order, I have no information as to what type of order it truly was… or whether the membership consisted of real magicians or alchemists.

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