Charlatan

Charlatan

Kate Braithwaite

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1676. In a hovel in the centre of Paris, the fortune-teller La Voisin holds a black mass, summoning the devil to help an unnamed client keep the love of the King of France, Louis XIV. Three years later, Athénaïs, Madame de Montespan, the King’s glamorous mistress, is nearly forty. She has borne Louis seven children but now seethes with rage as he falls for eighteen-year-old, Angélique de Fontanges.

At the same time, police chief La Reynie and his young assistant Bezons have uncovered a network of fortune-tellers and poisoners operating in the city. Athénaïs does not know it, but she is about to be named as a favoured client of the infamous La Voisin.

I enjoyed it enormously…you brought The Affair flooding back to me with added excellent detail…It really is a remarkable achievement.
—Anne Somerset, author The Affair of the Poisons


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Kate Braithwaite:

Kate Braithwaite was born and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has lived in England and Canada where she studied creative writing at Toronto University, receiving the Marina Nemat Award and the Random House/University of Toronto Student writing prize for her historical fiction. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society and a freelance writer for Bookbrowse.com. Kate lives with her family in Pennsylvania.

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