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La Vendée

Anthony Trollope

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .and of the wars to come; some were foretelling misery and desolation, and others were speaking of the happy days about to return, when their King and their priests should have their own, and La Vendée should be the most honoured province in France.

They made a pretty scene, waiting there beneath the shade till their priest should come to lead them to some rural chapel. The bright colours worn by the women in their Sunday clothes, and the picturesque forms of the men, in their huge broad-brimmed flapping hats, harmonized well with the thick green foliage around them. They shewed no sign of impatience, they were quite content to wait there, and pray, or gossip, or make love to each other, till such time as Father Jerome should please to come; they had no idea that their time was badly spent in waiting for so good a man.

At any rate he came before they were tired, and with him came a man who was a stranger to them all, except to . . . Read More

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This is Trollope's only historical novel. Although it was well received, it was written early in his career before he began to enjoy some popularity. It takes place during the Reign of Terror and is one story of Royalists resisting the republicans. There are two other novels of this very resistance:

A major change of scene for Trollope, and set in a (fairly recent) historical epoch - the French Revolution. The chapters on Robespierre in the late stages of the novel are very interesting in that they underscore Trollope's own insight (from his autobiography) that he has difficulty making characte

Wonderful! Unbelievable! Fabulous!

What an adventure Mr Trollope took us on!
I love that is was based on so much fact
I love the creativity he inserted to give us a feel of being right there with the Vendéens.
Theirs is a story that should be told and told and told!
It has been hidden long enough, the ve

A bit of an oddity, Trollope in Bernard Cornwall territory. An early book and not his best, but I enjoyed it and was unmistakably Trollope.

I have got to Trollope's third novel in my ongoing Trollope-read, and unfortunately, I can see why it's little-known. It's a historical romance, set during the French revolution, and unfortunately, it's not a good genre for him (I don't think he ever wrote in it again). The characters are rather ste

I was particularly interested in this as I have a home in the Vendée département. An obscure ‘early Trollope’ and slightly clunky - but fascinating nonetheless. Trollope also shows great insight into human nature in giving positive traits to even the most villainous characters.

Sorry this just did not come alive and we ended up giving up on it...which I hate doing but found it very lifeless and dull

An early novel by Trollope, and an interesting account of a period of French history I was not aware of: royalists who actively resisted the French Revolution. Many of the upper-class characters are one-dimensional and some of the dialogue is painfully moralistic and sappy, portraying the royalists

As usual with Trollope it was an easy read put lacked the subtlety and nuance of his later novels.

This is the book Trollope wrote before The Warden and one has to say the improvement from this to that is significant to say the least. The Vendee is an historical novel set in revolutionary France. The

I wish I could give this book a higher rating. I love Trollope, and I am a fervent admirer of the French counter-revolutionaries. His hero, the incredibly handsome and dashing aristo Henri de la Rochejacquelain, is a hero of mine too ("If I advance, follow me! If I retreat, shoot me! If I fall, aven

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