Dancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Eyewitness to an Era, by Caroline Moorhead

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And what an era it was. This French aristocrat was 19 when the Bastille was stormed signaling the start of the French Revolution. She was at Versailles with Marie Antoinette soon after, narrowly escaping a mob of peasant woman with pitchforks. She had numerous close calls with the guillotine, finally fleeing to America. She was a favorite of Napoleon, and a friend of Empress Josephine. She was in Belgium near the climactic battle of Waterloo. And on and on. The mother of six children, only one of whom survived her, she wrote a diary of her life that has been in print virtually since it was published over a century ago. Author Caroline Moorhead has taken the diary and fused it with extensive research to paint a picture of this indomitable woman and the dramatic age she lived in. Lucy was the archetypal survivor, and her story makes inspirational reading. 

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