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Celebrated Crimes 14: The Countess of Saint-Geran

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Robert Bethune

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Freshwater Seas

April 2015

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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 fourteenth of the series, Dumas, the novelist-historian, brings his story-telling skills to a famous subject: the background of one

of the most famouse of French lawsuits, that centering around the secret abduction of Bernard de la Guiche, later Count of Saint-Geran, from the

child-bed of his mother Suzanne de Longaunay, by the Marquis de Saint-Maixant--a notorious womanizer, schemer, and probably murderer. Dumas

gives us the whole story, basing his tale on well-established historical sources, from the time when the Marquis first insinuated himself into

the family to the outcome of the lawsuit contesting Bernard's identity and legitimacy as the heir of the La Guiche fortune. It is a story of

remarkable perfidy, cruelt and betrayal of trust.

Of course, Dumas, the dramatist and novelist, cannot help embellishing the work of Dumas, the historian. He gives us words and actions that

cannot possibly be part of the historical record from scenes that are as effectively histrionic as they are undocumented. However, all his

melodrama is well based on his history, and he certainly makes a wonderful tale out of his materials.

Dumas may have collaborated on this, as he frequently did in his works, with other writers. Nevertheless, it is clearly Dumas who has the final

say on this work, as with all the other works in this series.

A Freshwater Seas production.

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