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The idea here was to read this and another short book by the same author for a Literary Birthday Challenge. This book sounded so interesting: the court of Henry The Second of France, with all the intrigue and goings-on that nobility do so well. Enter our young heroine, Mademoiselle de Chartres, whose mother wants to arrange a proper match for her.

Okay so far, but it took paragraphs and paragraphs of names and titles to get to this point. I thought about quitting after needing to go over this sentence half a dozen times:

"...he foresaw great obstructions on the part of the Duke of Nevers his father: the Duke was strictly attached to the Duchess of Valentinois, and the Viscount de Chartres was her enemy, which was a sufficient reason to hinder the Duke from consenting to the marriage of his son, with a niece of the Viscount's."

But I thought no, I am reading War And Peace and keeping everyone straight in my mind, surely I can manage this little book also. So I kept going and our heroine becomes the Princess Of Cleves, but she is not really in love with the Prince, and it sounds to me like they never had a true wedding night. Certainly the Prince is not perfectly happy, that is one clearly expressed fact.

Then our Princess's mother tells her the history of the King's mistress, Diane de Poitiers. But she tells it in paragraphs full of names and titles tossed together like a Caesar salad. Granted that this book was written in 1678, but I was prepared for an old-fashioned writing style; and can usually deal with such things as sentences that go on forever and other marks of past years. However, I could not deal with being served such a confusing, boring platter so I have to mark this one a DNF. I will look for a title about the era, because I am intrigued by the King himself and his times, but I have to put Madame de LaFayette on my never again list. Humble apologies, Madame.

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