"She was not a guilty woman, neither was she a saint; she was an upright, charming woman, a little frivolous, somewhat impulsive, but always pure; she was a queen, at times ardent in her fancies for her favourites and thoughtless in her policy, but proud and full of energy; a thorough woman in her winsome ways and tenderness of heart, until she became a martyr."
"We have followed the history of Marie Antoinette with the greatest diligence and scrupulosity. We have lived in those times. We have talked with some of her friends and some of her enemies; we have read, certainly not all, but hundreds of the libels written against her; and we have, in short, examined her life with– if we may be allowed to say so of ourselves– something of the accuracy of contemporaries, the diligence of inquirers, and the impartiality of historians, all combined; and we feel it our duty to declare, in as a solemn a manner as literature admits of, our well-matured opinion that every reproach against the morals of the queen was a gross calumny– that she was, as we have said, one of the purest of human beings."
"It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the queen of France, then dauphiness, at Versailles; and surely there never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she had just begun to move in, glittering like a morning star full of life and splendor and joy. Oh, what a revolution....Little did I dream that I should have lived to see such disasters fall upon her, in a nation of gallant men, in a nation of men of honor and of cavaliers! I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards, to avenge even a look which threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone; that of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded...."
~Edmund Burke, October 1790
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In this fourth installment in the Hannah Vogel series, Rebecca Cantrell
continues the adventures of the spy and journalist which dramatize the
rise of Nazism in the years leading up to World War II.Determined to stay out of trouble, Hannah has traveled to Poland to
write a fluff piece, accompanied by her twelve year old son, Anton.
However, she encounters some Jewish prisoners recently deported from
Germany, among whom is Miriam, the wife of her old friend, Paul. When
Hannah discovers that Paul’s toddler daughter has been left behind in a
cupboard in Berlin, her new odyssey begins. Hannah soon finds herself
captured by the Gestapo, only to be rescued by Lars, her former lover,
who she thought had died in Russia. As she eludes the Nazis in the
streets of Berlin, she finds that the city of her youth has been
transformed into a place of dread and hopelessness. She is troubled by
the anti-Semitic laws and does not think the persecution can get any
worse, but in that she is mistaken. With compelling characters and a narrative which makes it hard to put down, A City of Broken Glass combines romantic thriller with historical tragedy.
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