Lost King of France How DNA Solved the Mystery of the Murdered Son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

ISBN-10: 0312320299
ISBN-13: 9780312320294
Edition: Revised 
Authors: Deborah Cadbury
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Description: Louis-Charles, Duc de Normandie, enjoyed a charmed early childhood in the gilded palace of Versailles. At the age of four, he became the dauphin, heir to the most powerful throne in Europe. Yet within five years he was to lose everything. Drawn into  More...

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List price: $19.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/23/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Louis-Charles, Duc de Normandie, enjoyed a charmed early childhood in the gilded palace of Versailles. At the age of four, he became the dauphin, heir to the most powerful throne in Europe. Yet within five years he was to lose everything. Drawn into the horror of the French Revolution, his family was incarcerated and their fate thrust into the hands of the revolutionaries who wished to destroy the monarchy. In 1793, when Marie Antoinette was beheaded at the guillotine, she left her adored eight-year-old son imprisoned in the Temple Tower. Far from inheriting a throne, the orphaned boy-king had to endure the hostility and abuse of a nation. Two years later, the revolutionary leaders declared Louis XVII dead. No grave was dug, no monument built to mark his passing. Immediately, rumors spread that the prince had, in fact, escaped from prison and was still alive. Others believed that he had been murdered, his heart cut out and preserved as a relic. As with the tragedies of England's princes in the Tower and the Romanov archduchess Anastasia, countless "brothers" soon approached Louis-Charles's older sister, Marie-Therese, who survived the revolution. They claimed not only the dauphin's name, but also his inheritance. Several "princes" were plausible, but which, if any, was the real heir to the French throne? The Lost King of France is a moving and dramatic tale that interweaves a pivotal moment in France's history with a compelling detective story that involves pretenders to the crown, royalist plots and palace intrigue, bizarre legal battles, and modern science. The quest for the truth continued into the twenty-first century, when, thanks to DNA testing, the strange odyssey of a stolen heart found within the royal tombs brought an exciting conclusion to the two-hundred-year-old mystery of the lost king of France.

Wayne W. Dyer is a psychotherapist, a motivational speaker and a writer. He received a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University. Despite his childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, he overcome many obstacles to make his dreams come true and spends much of his time showing others how to do the same. He is the author of over 30 books including Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, The Power of Intention, Inspiration, Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life, Excuses Begone, and Wishes Fulfilled.Deborah Cadbury is an award-winning TV science producer for the BBC. She is also the author of "The Feminization of Nature". She lives in London.

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