The Third Lion: A Novel About Talleyrand by Floyd Kemske

By Floyd Kemske

'The 3rd Lion is an intimate novel approximately this Machiavellian guy of the Enlightenment [Talleyrand], a survivor who not just outlived his enemies, yet plotted the coups and restorations that destroyed them.'

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Hélie never thought it was anything other than an ordinary portrait. He did not understand that he had been ridiculed by his own portrait painter. “A great family would not ordinarily tolerate ridicule by its servants, and in any other noble house the painting would have been destroyed long ago. But we want to be reminded of our ancestor’s crime, because it is our burden of conscience. It is not the only crime our family has committed, simply the most vicious. ” Maurice was no longer hungry and laid the apple piece back on the plate.

Soon he will be four,” said Auguste. ” Maurice thought it best that he learn as much as he could about Chalais, so he would be prepared to show the estate to his younger brother when he arrived. Together, Maurice and Auguste explored the château. The servant carried the boy up staircases and down corridors. Together, they looked out windows, examined tapestries, opened cupboards, and yanked bell-pulls to summon servants for no reason. At first, Maurice told Auguste to stop at every door they came to.

He only knew what it meant to be a comte, which was all he wanted to be. The backs of his eyes hurt, so he did not speak, for he knew this was the sign that he might cry. He thought about his prayers to God to bring Archambaud to Chalais, and it occurred to him that his prayers had been answered. 50 CHARLES-MAURICE 51 FIVE I have spent my life studying people’s desires and finding ways of aligning them with my own. Why should the maneuverings around my deathbed be any different? Pauline and her mother want me to die in a state of grace.

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