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Dancing to the Precipice
  • ISBN: 9780099490524
  • Pages: 528
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Binding: Paperback

Dancing to the Precipice

Caroline Moorehead

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Lucie de la Tour du Pin was the Pepys of her generation, recording people and politics alongside the minutia of everyday life: food, work, children and clothes.

From life in the Court of Versailles, through the French Revolution to Napoleon’s rule, Caroline Moorehead’s rich biography sets Lucie and her dairies in the wider context of this remarkable period of history.

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