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La Constantin - Celebrated Crimes, book 9

Alexandre Dumas

To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the ninth of the series, Dumas uses the lives of two women, Angelique-Louise de Guerchi and Josephine-Charlotte Boullenois, and the men who, to put it bluntly, control their lives. Most of the book is taken up with the doings and duels of those men, which ultimately lead to the untimely deaths of the two women. The agent of those deaths, the widow and midwife La Constantin, hardly appears in the story at all! The place is Paris; the time is the period of civil war in France known as the Fronde. It is a time when power has fragmented; even a noble can find himself in the power of a commoner, and justice is a rare commodity. Dumas himself warns us not to seek the records of these cases, for this was not an age much concerned with the lives of more or less ordinary people; the great had bigger fish to fry. He lays no great stress upon it, but there is a very clear indictment of the society of that time, and a very clear portrait of the helplessness of women of the day. Enjoy!

To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the ninth of the series, Dumas uses the lives of two women, Angelique-Louise de Guerchi and Josephine-Charlotte Boullenois, and the men who, to put it bluntly, control their lives. Most of the book is taken up with the doings and duels of those men, which ultimately lead to the untimely deaths of the two women. The agent of those deaths, the widow and midwife La Constantin, hardly appears in the story at all! The place is Paris; the time is the period of civil war in France known as the Fronde. It is a time when power has fragmented; even a noble can find himself in the power of a commoner, and justice is a rare commodity. Dumas himself warns us not to seek the records of these cases, for this was not an age much concerned with the lives of more or less ordinary people; the great had bigger fish to fry. He lays no great stress upon it, but there is a very clear indictment of the society of that time, and a very clear portrait of the helplessness of women of the day. Enjoy!
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To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the ninth of the series, Dumas uses the lives of two women, Angelique-Louise de Guerchi and Josephine-Charlotte Boullenois, and the men who, to put it bluntly, control their lives. Most of the book is taken up with the doings and duels of those men, which ultimately lead to the untimely deaths of the two women. The agent of those deaths, the widow and midwife La Constantin, hardly appears in the story at all! The place is Paris; the time is the period of civil war in France known as the Fronde. It is a time when power has fragmented; even a noble can find himself in the power of a commoner, and justice is a rare commodity. Dumas himself warns us not to seek the records of these cases, for this was not an age much concerned with the lives of more or less ordinary people; the great had bigger fish to fry. He lays no great stress upon it, but there is a very clear indictment of the society of that time, and a very clear portrait of the helplessness of women of the day. Enjoy!

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

2h 39m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:03


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:02


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:07


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:38


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:57