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Author Archives: ElenaMariaVidal
Those who enjoyed Nancy Bilyeau’s debut historical novel The Crown will find its sequel The Chalice even more heart-wrenching and suspenseful. Once again we follow the adventures of former Dominican novice Joanna Stafford as she is torn from her peaceful … Continue reading
Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.~ from the Te Deum When I wrote to Dr. Moss requesting her latest work The Myth of Persecution, I received a prompt and gracious reply assuring me of a copy. Dr. Moss hoped that I … Continue reading
“Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” ~Apocalypse 13:10 My Peace I Give You by Dawn Eden is a much-needed spiritual resource for those recovering from any type of physical or emotional suffering brought on by the … Continue reading
“Her virtue is intact, she is even austere by nature rather than by reason.” —Joseph II to Archduke Leopold from Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette before the Revolution by Nesta Webster, p.158 The first decades of the twentieth century saw the … Continue reading
The other day I ran across an article entitled “Top 5 Marie-Antoinette Scandals” which was filled with errors. What an incredibly misleading portrayal of the Queen! Marie-Antoinette, in spite of being from a generation known for its fast pace of … Continue reading
The connection between the Carmelite Order and the Royal House of France originated in the Middle Ages, when St. Louis IX encountered the hermits on Mt. Carmel and brought them to France. When the Discalced Reform came to France from … Continue reading
The closest confidante of Queen Marie-Antoinette was Madame de Polignac. Gabrielle de Polastron, Duchesse de Polignac, also referred to as “Yolande,” is usually portrayed in books and films as Marie-Antoinette’s “bad girl” friend, responsible for leading the young queen of … Continue reading
Surfing the internet anyone can see that the myth that Swedish Count Axel von Fersen was the lover of Marie-Antoinette is deeply entrenched in the public mind. This is due to major publishers yearly churning out sensational biographies and novels, … Continue reading
The following is a reprint of an interview by British author Gareth Russell about how I came to write about a certain Queen of France. GR: I think one of the things that made “Trianon” such a joy to read … Continue reading