By Mary Gentle
"It's approximately intercourse, and cruelty, and forgiveness."
therefore starts off a sweeping historic event approximately dueling swordsmen and the plot to kill a king within the grand culture of Dorothy Dunnett and Alexander Dumas.
The yr is 1610. Continental Europe is in short at peace after years of struggle, yet Henri IV of France is making plans to invade the German principalities. In England, basically 5 years previous, conspirators approximately succeeded in blowing up King James I and his Parliament. The seeds of the English Civil conflict and the Thirty Years warfare are visibly being sown, and the prospect for either enlightenment and catastrophe abounds.
yet Valentin Rochefort, duelist and undercover agent for France's strong monetary minister, couldn't care much less. till he's drawn into the glittering palaces, bawdy again streets, and lovely theatrics of Renaissance France and Shakespearean London in a dangerous plot either to kill King James I and to save lots of him. For this swordsman with out a sense of right and wrong is ready to discover himself stuck among loyalty, love, and blackmail, among kings, queens, politicians, and Rosicrucians -- and the lady he has, unknowingly, crossed land and sea to satisfy.
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He had also struck up a congenial relationship with another Alister, the son of Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald. It was as simple as that. At any rate the ‘interview’ dissolved into lively conversation, and from there we went to lunch and then up to his house, where I was introduced to ‘my friend Miss Goddard’. A routine mannerly hint from me that I ought to be on my way was brushed aside, and through the long afternoon we sat round the empty swimming pool (there was a polio epidemic that summer) and I left at sundown on a promise to be back next day to dinner.
As documentary support for a thesis merely, there is the eerie similarity between Oliver Twist and the first sixty pages or so of Chaplin’s Autobiography. But as a reincarnation of everything spry and inquisitive and Cockney-shrewd and invincibly alive and cunning, Chaplin was the young Dickens in the flesh. I had started to read Dickens when I was not more than nine, and by the time I was twelve I had gone through all the novels and whatever I could lay my hands on by way of memoirs and biographies, from Forster and Dolby to Mamie Dickens’s My Father as I Recall Him.
This may at first sound suspicious as fact and coy as a confessional, because we think of fame as something that burgeons and can hardly amaze its object, unless it mushrooms overnight, as with Lindbergh. It happened to Chaplin when he was already earning $1,250 a week, a salary which would have been handsome for an opera star. ) He was, at the time, the most financially precious property in the movies. But it is hard for us now to appreciate how inbred was the American motion picture business in its infancy, how much of a colony in exile its practitioners had created.