Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge
|Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge|
|Language||Translated from French|
|Publication date||French 1845-1846|
|Pages||558 p. (Editions Complexe, 2002)|
|ISBN||ISBN 2-87027-950-7; ISBN 978-2-87027-950-2|
Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge'' (translated as The Knight of Maison-Rouge: A Novel of Marie Antoinette or The Knight of the Red House) was written in 1845 by Alexandre Dumas, père as part of a series referred to as the Marie Antoinette romances. Set in Paris during the Reign of Terror, the novel follows the adventures of a brave young man named Maurice Lindey who unwittingly implicates himself in a Royalist plot to rescue Marie Antoinette from prison. Maurice is devoted to the Republican cause, but his infatuation with a beautiful young woman leads him into the service of the mysterious Knight of Maison-Rouge, the mastermind behind the plot.
Alexandre Dumas based events in the novel on "the affair of the carnation", an attempt by the Marquis Alexandre Gonsse de Rougeville to communicate with Marie Antoinette by hiding a secret message in the petals of a carnation. According to the biography La vie d'Alexandre Dumas père by J. Lucas-Dubreton, Dumas had originally titled the work Le Chevalier de Rougeville, but changed the title to Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge after receiving a complaint from the son of the Marquis de Rougeville.
- , English translation of La vie d'Alexandre Dumas père by J. Lucas-Dubreton
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