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Lisa Hilton’s Athenais: When spite is mistaken for women’s history
I came across this book in a charity shop. I’m glad it only cost 50p, otherwise I’d have to write to the publisher demanding my money back for mis-selling a deeply spiteful text as a “biography” of Athenais, mistress of King Louis XIV of France. Whilst the premise is ostensibly biographical, it’s mostly a treatise … Continue reading Lisa Hilton’s Athenais: When spite is mistaken for women’s history