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Marceau – Maurice Marceau Protagonist – Gay Historical Fiction #HistFic #Gay

by on Oct.22, 2013, under French Historical Fiction, Gay

As in my previous post about my repeated dream on Maurice (my protagonist in Marceau). Despite Maurice telling me in my dream that he was a financier to many heads of state and sovereigns during pre-revolutionary Paris, FR, I decided to make this man quite powerful, contractually married to a woman and with a gay lover and companion. I have been asked by several editors to change Maurice’s sexual preferences to a womanizing male… And I said no.  I literally did research the gay life in 1788 Paris, FR and it is unfortunate that divorce was not a possibility because our dear King Louis XVI administered his kingdoms on several of his catholic beliefs.  I respect people’s opinions and beliefs about their religion. However. When it came to being a gay man or woman and most especially in the upper echelons of society when people are supposed to be married with children as in 1788, one had to resort to clever tactics on avoiding discovery. Maurice got around all that by having a personal valet as a clever way of disguising Guillaume’s role in his personal life. Don’t always suspect the butler, though…

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Marceau – First Historical Gay French Revolutionary Novel #HistFic Historical Fiction

by on Oct.22, 2013, under French Historical Fiction

I have to say that Maurice (my protagonist) came to me in a repeated dream for a period of three years. I kept seeing this man handsomely dressed sitting across me in a carriage which was upholstered so beautifully in silk. He had a powdered wig on and wore a silk blue-grey suit with breeches too. He spoke to me in French and I replied back in French (but I don’t know French!). He kept telling me he was a back-channel financier from France who funded several heads of state and sovereigns.  Then he mentioned this war (between Carl Gustav and Katherine the Great) which I wrote about in the book as well) that he allowed to happen and it could have been stopped by him and his peers.  I think he felt bad about that. He said he didn’t like war because the soldiers to both sides and their families were the most affected. Their lives shattered and lost to ill health and lack of limb. He told me his name was Maurice Henri something something Marceau (I never got his name correctly — way too long for me to remember even after dreaming this very dream over and over. The dream never changed.

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Maximilien Marceau – Marceau (Historical Fiction Novel)

by on Oct.16, 2013, under Young Adult

Maximilien (Max for short) is an illegitimate son of Maurice whose mother is Marguerite. Marguerite met Maurice when he started to work in his father’s salons throughout Europe as a teenager. They both fell in love and their relationship ended by Maurice in order to honor a marriage contract Maurice’s parents signed with one of King Louis XVI’s brothers in order to marry Vivienne. Unbeknownst to Maurice, he left Marguerite pregnant. Fifteen years pass until finally Maurice takes over the Salons throughout Europe from his father and meets with Marguerite. Marguerite unknowingly chose her timing well. She knew Max’s features did not resemble Maurice in the least and paternity was hard to prove back then. It was not until Maurice invited Max and Marguerite to meet his parents (Alex and Viktoria) in their chateau in Bavaria that Viktoria recognized Max’s resemblance to that of her own father.

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Snake Cult Ritual – Marceau Chapter Eleven (Historical Fiction Novel)

by on Oct.16, 2013, under Occult

Snake rituals have been used since ancient times for fertility rites, metaphysical protection, and for medicinal and talismanic purposes. Often enough, it is snake oil that is used but in Greek mythology it is a union with a snake that takes place as with Olympias (a known snake handler) Alexander the Great’s mother.  Such a ritual is imitated in Chapter Eleven when Vivienne visits a sect that her she and her mother secretly belong to and have been financially supporting for decades with Maurice’s money behind his back. It is this sect that has been known to worship serpents since ancient times. I do not name the sect for the sake of their privacy.

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The Days and Hours of Jupiter – Marceau Chapter 10 (Historical Fiction Novel)

by on Oct.16, 2013, under Myth and Legends, Occult

The Days and Hours of Jupiter are proper for obtaining honours, acquiring riches; contracting friendships, preserving health; and arriving at all that thou canst desire,” said Max.

The above statement as spoken by Maximilien (Max for short) unbeknownst son of Maurice Marceau and Marguerite is taken from a manuscript (yes, copyright free — its over 2000 years old and the translation I am using  is at least 200 years old). Chapter Ten is where Maurice gets to know Max a bit better and asks him to translate certain parts of this manuscript that his team of archeologists found in old dried up lake in what was known as Babylon (now Iraq). Maurice was quite impressed upon hearing Max translate each word immediately upon reading them in Aramaic (ancient Hebrew).  This manuscript (according to this novel — remember it is fiction) was originally found in parchment with an accompanying artifact in the form of a vessel with text in Aramaic and inscribed seals. This very artifact is mythological and has a legend tied to it. It is this legend that Max unleashes and becomes real. Unfortunately, this very legend does have its side effects as Max is known to discover later in the story.

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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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