Author Archives: ElenaMariaVidal

About ElenaMariaVidal

Elena Maria Vidal grew up in Frederick, Maryland and is the author of the historical novels TRIANON, MADAME ROYALE and THE NIGHT'S DARK SHADE: A NOVEL OF THE CATHARS. Elena has been a contributor to Canticle Magazine, Touchstone Magazine, The American Conservative and The National Observer. In April 2009 she was a speaker at the Eucharistic Convention in Auckland, New Zealand. She is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild and the Eastern Shore Writers Association. She currently lives in Maryland with her family and is working on a historical novel about her Irish ancestors. Elena blogs at http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/.

The Chalice: A Novel

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

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The Myth of Persecution

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

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My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints

“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

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Marie-Antoinette and Freud: Why Careful Research is Important

“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

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Scandal and the Queen

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

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Marie-Antoinette and the Carmelite Order

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

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Madame de Polignac and the Politics of Calumny

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

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The Fersen Myth in Literature

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

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Marie-Antoinette and Me

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

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Madame Royale Interview

In the following interview, author Catherine Delors asked me about my research for the novel Madame Royale, and why I made certain decisions in describing the life of Marie-Antoinette’s daughter. CD: Welcome, Elena, and thank you for kindly agreeing to … Continue reading

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