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Chapter One

by on Jul.18, 2014, under French Historical Fiction

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Maurice Marceau reached the gated entrance to the Duc de Roche’s chateau. They were greeted by servants holding torches to help lead the guests to the main entrance.

Marguerite looked so happy as she held his arm. She was enthralled by all the grandeur.

No one recognized Maurice as he was seldom seen in public. They waited in line until their names were asked and written down by a servant before formerly announcing their presence and proceeding inside. Maurice noticed that there were women present and Marguerite at least would not be bored. He caught the eye of  his brother-in-law, the Duc d’ Laurenc’s with his mistress while waiting for their names to be announced.

“Le Duc d’ Laurenc and Madame Charlotte,” announced the servant.

“Le Deputé Marchand and Madame Marchand,” announced the servant.

“Le Marquis de Maupaussant and Madame Reneé,” announced the servant.

“Monsieur Maurice Marceau and Madame Marguerite,” announced the servant.

The entire room fell into a hushed silence upon hearing the name. Maurice and Marguerite were greeted by an entire line of co-hosts and immediately caught the attention of all present. His name was famous yet his face was seldom seen in public. His handsome face and physique stunned all in attendance.  So very few of the wealthy in France held such money and good looks in combination and with such magnetism. Maurice carried himself well and beheld those in attendance in absolute awe. He was a fine one. And to the few who knew him,  Maurice was never known to bring a woman with him to the few social events he chose to attend as he always arrived alone. This was a first in many many years.

 

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There are different kinds of Spirits excerpt from Marceau french historical fiction novel

by on Feb.25, 2014, under French Historical Fiction

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“Let me first read this introductory part” said Max as he
read outloud. “There are different kinds of
Spirits, according to the things over which they preside; some of them govern
the Empyrean Heaven, others the Primum Mobile, others the First and Second Crystalline,
others the Starry Heaven there are also Spirits of the Heaven of Saturn, which
I call Saturnites there are jovial, Martial, Solar, Venerean, Mercurial…and
Lunar Spirits there are also (Spirits) in the Elements as well as in the Heavens,
there are some in the Fiery Region, others in the Air, others in the Water, and
others upon the Earth, which can all render service to that man who shall have
the good fortune to understand their nature, and to know how to attract them.

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Max decided right then to follow through with the texts in the manuscripts – Excerpt from Marceau French Historical Fiction Novel

by on Nov.30, 2013, under French Historical Fiction

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Chapter Fourteen

Max decided right then to follow through with the texts in the manuscripts. The
planetary tables he needed were at university. The manuscripts strictly
enforced the use of the rituals during certain hours of the day and night that
required careful attention to the phases of the moon and to the risings and
settings of the planets as written in the tables he needed. He knew he was out
of sync with his planetary observations since all summer he spent with family.

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Expedition of the Compte de la Perouse – Marceau French Historical Fiction Novel #histfic #hisfic

by on Nov.30, 2013, under French Historical Fiction

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Chapter Eight

“Our next item to our agenda concerns the continued funding of the  expedition of the Compte de la Perouse around
the world as appointed by our present King Louis XVI. We  have underwritten the cost and insurance for the Astrolabe and the Boussole both frigates equipped with full artillery as well as the scientific intruments for this expedition which include new sextants, watches and compasses as well as the insurance on the men. The expedition  led by the Compte de La
Perouse along with an astronomer, a botanist, several naturalists and illustrators…

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A Meeting Place for Members to the Order – Excerpt from Marceau French Historical Fiction Novel #histfic #hisfic

by on Nov.30, 2013, under French Historical Fiction

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Chapter Eight

The hunting lodge was more than suitable a meeting place for members to the Order. It was here any ruler, protectorate of state or sovereign, or financial minister of affairs could safely request for immediate financial assistance without the political strain inherent with the levying of taxes —  or the burden of bureaucratic diplomacy involved with the maintaining of good financial relations with foreign powers. The hunting lodge resided on extraterritorial ground  independent of  local, national, and international jurisdiction as were all the estates, land holdings, and territories owned by Maurice and the Marceau family world over.

 

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Commodities from the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet – Excerpt from Marceau French Historical Fiction Novel #histfic

by on Nov.26, 2013, under French Historical Fiction

 

Commodities from the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet – Excerpt from Marceau French Historical Fiction Novel #histfic

Chapter Eight

“Gentlemen. Our next item of negotiation is the continued recovery of commodities from the  1715 Spanish Plate Fleet which consisted of several Spanish galleons, containing gold and silver. This fleet was accompanied by French merchant ships, namely the Griffon under the command of Antoine Dare. Louis XIV and his grandson, Philip V, King of Spain partnered in this expedition in an effort to deliver merchant trade cargo from France and Spain  to New Spain and return with gold and silver commodities mined in Peru, Columbia, and Veracruz.

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Blimey! Excerpt from Marceau French Historical Novel #histfic

by on Nov.25, 2013, under French Historical Fiction, Young Adult

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The carriage went along a graveled path rather slowly until the large estate came into full view from a distance. The large Tudor mansion with its oversized diamond paned windows, tall chimneys and wide wooden front door was evidently built for a King. Max gaped. Walter dropped his jaw. The servants were standing in line at the front ready to greet their young master.

“Blimey!,” said Walter.

“I know. And I must face them. Who would have thought that I, a sizar at University of Cambridge, would come to all this??,” asked Max.

The carriage came to a full stop and the carriage driver opened the door…

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Marriage was an obligation in centuries past – Excerpt from Marceau French Historical Fiction Novel #histfic

by on Nov.21, 2013, under French Historical Fiction

Marriage was an obligation in centuries past. During Maurice’s day there was no freedom to be gay in 1788 in the upper echelons of society as in the times we are living now. Most especially if one’s family was extremely wealthy and well known. Marriages such as these were often times understood as convenient by making it plain to the other partner of a third-party. Marriages like these do become  painful for those who go into it with hopes of a change in the development of the marriage as time goes along.

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Your Freedom is Gone – Excerpt Marceau French Historical Fiction Novel

by on Nov.14, 2013, under Gay

 

 “Do you still find her beautiful?,” asked Guillaume as he readjusted his hair.

“Always have. She certainly knows how to please a man if you know what I mean,” said Maurice.

 “Truthfully, Maurice, how many women would tolerate your nomadic ways?.  You end up marrying another woman and poof! Your freedom is gone,” said Guilllame.

“You sound like you want me to keep her,” said Maurice.

“I most certainly do!,” said Guillame.

“She has been most respectful of me,” said Guillame.

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“There is no freedom to be your true self” -Excerpt from Marceau French Historical Fiction #histfic

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

“Maurice…these are the times we live in. Someone like you has to marry and have children. It is very much expected by your family and society as a whole. There is no freedom to be your true self. My apologies, you must know that marriage is an obligation for the very rich who can afford raising a family,” said Guillaume.   Maurice sighed. Excerpt from Chapter One of Marceau, French Historical Fiction #histfic Marceau

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