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Marquise Brinvillier

Alexandre Dumas

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The crimes of the Marquise of Brinvilliers, a French aristocrat during the reign of Louis XIV, included some of the most famous murders, scandals (Affair of the Poisons) and mysteries (the Man in the Iron Mask) in French history. This story recounts her major crimes, torture, conviction and execution.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ng, his enormities were so well accredited that there was no scruple as to having him arrested. A warrant was out against him: Exili was taken up, and was lodged in the Bastille. He had been there about six months when Sainte-Croix was brought to the same place. The prisoners were numerous just then, so the governor had his new guest put up in the same room as the old one, mating Exili and Sainte-Croix, not knowing that they were a pair of demons. Our readers now understand the rest. Sainte-Croix was put into an unlighted room by the gaoler, and in the dark had failed to see his companion: he had abandoned himself to his rage, his imprecations had revealed his state of mind to Exili, who at once seized the occasion for gaining a devoted and powerful disciple, who once out of prison might open the doors for him, perhaps, or at least avenge his fate should he be incarcerated for life.

The repugnance felt by Sainte-Croix for his fellow-prisoner did not last long, and. . . Read More

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Scopro che Alexandre Dumas pubblicò nel 1839 una raccolta, Les Crimes célèbres, composta da romanzi brevi concepiti pensando a figure molto discusse della Storia come Lucrezia Borgia o il despota turco Ali Pacha, o per l’appunto Marie-Madeleine d'Aubray, marchesa di Brinvilliers, meglio conosciut...more

Interesting true story of a 17th century serial murderess.

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"Dio riservò la creazione per la sola potenza divina ed abbandonò la distruzione alla potenza umana: ne risulta che l'uomo crede farsi uguale a Dio distruggendo."

Marchesa di Brinvilliers, Marie-Madeleine d'Aubray è passata alla storia non per il suo lignaggio o per le sue doti di nobild...more

Suddividerei questo libro in tre parti. La prima, la più interessante, vede Santa-Croce come un conte di Montecristo che durante la prigionia entra in possesso di un immenso patrimonio, in questo caso la conoscenza… nell’arte dei veleni; grazie all’italiano Esili - mai fidarsi degli italiani :D t...more

Mi sono innamorata di questa edizione de "L'avvelenatrice" di Dumas al Salone del Libro di Torino e dovevo averla, assolutamente. Il progetto grafico è meraviglioso, un gioiellino imperdibile. Il racconto è affascinante, come possono esserlo solo le storie di Dumas padre. I veleni, che sono al ce...more

After reading about the "Affair of the Poisons", i got interested to read more about Madame de Brinvilliers. Louis XIV's court was the wickest! The commom use of poisons was out of control.  Unfortunately, reading this book, we can't learn more about Madame de Brinvilliers' past, but she was evil...more

This true account of Marquise de Brinvilliers includes a lot of actual reports from the time of her arrest, torture, and execution. She’s one of the more fascinating lesser-known historical personages.

Alexandre Dumas presents this short account in the same way as the other volumes in the Celebrat...more

Visto che nel 2016 ho letto pochissimi classici, ho deciso di dare ampio spazio ad essi nel 2017. E per cominciare la scelta è caduta su un libro breve, ma che si prospettava interessante.
Alexandre Dumas (padre) prima di stilare gli scritti che lo hanno portato al successo, come Il conte di Mon...more

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