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The Bee and the Orange Tree

The Bee and the Orange Tree (Hardback)

By Ashley, Melissa

It's 1699, and the salons of Paris are bursting with the creative energy of fierce, independent-minded women. But outside those doors, the patriarchal forces of Louis XIV and the Catholic Church are moving to curb their freedoms. In this battle for equality, Baroness Marie Cather...ine D'Aulnoy invents a powerful weapon: 'fairy tales'. When Marie Catherine's daughter, Angelina, arrives in Paris for the first time, she is swept up in the glamour and sensuality of the city, where a woman may live outside the confines of the church or marriage. But this is a fragile freedom, as she discovers when Marie Catherine's close friend Nicola Tiquet is arrested, accused of conspiring to murder her abusive husband. In the race to rescue Nicola, illusions will be shattered and dark secrets revealed as all three women learn how far they will go to preserve their liberty in a society determined to control them. This keenly-awaited second book from Melissa Ashley, author of THE BIRDMAN'S WIFE, restores another remarkable, little-known woman to her rightful place in history, revealing the dissent hidden beneath the whimsical surfaces of Marie Catherine's fairy tales. THE BEE AND THE ORANGE TREE is a beautifully lyrical and deeply absorbing portrait of a time, a place, and the subversive power of the imagination.
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ISBN 9781925712018
Published AU 29 Oct 2019
Publisher Affirm Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781925712018
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Affirm Press
Imprint Affirm Press
Published 29 Oct 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Ashley, Melissa
Category Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 165mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 36mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 660g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade