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Local Treasure - Livin' the Good Life

Sep. 22nd, 2008

06:33 pm - Local Treasure

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I'm embarrassed to say that I have been overlooking the fact that we have an author who is a "local treasure" living among us in the desert. I knew that Robin Maxwell, the wife of our much-loved yoga teacher, Max, was an author. But, somehow I dismissed it. You know, the not-appreciating-the-hometown-hero syndrome? Anyway, I checked out one of her books from the library last week, and I was not sorry! She writes historical fiction, and her favorite time period seems to be the 1500s France and England. Since I remembered very little of my high school history lessons, it was pretty much all new to me as she recounted in detail all the ins-and-outs of the French and English courts during that time period. Of course, there is a lot of fancifulness, because after all, it is historical FICTION. But, I read that she spent many years researching her facts, and that she is quite accurate in the basic stories. The French court back then was extremely wild, with much promiscuity and decadence. Also, there was an incredible amount of daily violence that people seemed to find acceptable. Her books clearly demonstrate the dangers, and dark side, of Monarchies, and they are a great reality-check, just in case anyone is feeling fed-up with OUR system of government. The book I read (which is a pre-quel to her famous THE SECRET DIARY OF ANNE BOLEYN) is MADEMOISELLE BOLEYN. It's a "good read". It's not for the faint of heart, or the easily-shocked, but for those who are interested in European history, and are in the mood for a wild ride, I'd recommend that you try this book.