Michael Zévaco's The Pardaillan

Volume I

by Eduardo Berdugo



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/19/2009

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 368
ISBN : 9781438932453
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 368
ISBN : 9781438932446
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 368
ISBN : 9781438932439

About the Book

Even tough it is one of the best-known novels of Michael Zévaco, The Pardaillan remains unknown in the English-speaking world. It was originally written n French and then translated to Spanish where movies were made in both languages from a script based on the novel of The Pardaillan.  The story begins on the land of Margency, in the Island of France, in 1553. The vent hat tells the story of The Pardaillan is the secret marriage of Francis, son of the Constable Anne of Montmorency, with Joan of Piennes, the daughter of a vassal just despoiled by his father. Francis is ordered by his father to leave for war within hours of the wedding. His brother Henry, in love with Joan, deliver her the news. In his absence and unbeknown to him, his daughter Louise is born. The day when Francis returns, Henry kidnaps baby Louise with the help of his swordsman, the Knight of Pardaillan. Next, he forces Joan to go along and let him denounce her as an adulterer under the pain of death to the baby girl. Francis disowns Jonas, and after a fight with his brother, leaves for Paris. Meanwhile, Pardaillan has a change of heart and returns the baby girl to her mother. Without revealing his name to her, he told her that the kidnapper’s name was Pardaillan.  When the child was returned and afraid of Henry’s reprisals, Pardaillan leaves towards Paris, taking with him his adopted son John. In the meantime, Joan with her daughter in her arms tries to catch up with Francis on the road to Paris. When she arrives at their palace in Paris, she’s met by the constable instead who forces hr to annul her marriage to Francis, who weds the natural daughter of King Henry II.  Post Script. Mixing imaginary characters and real ones with interactive dialogues and light prose, Zévaco created the character of Pardaillan to keep the reader wanting to read and learn more. The story is fabulously told. We hope you will relish it as much as we.

About the Author

Michael Zévaco, author of The Pardaillan, was actually a French anarchist in the 19th century once jailed for inciting the masses to kill the middle class. After serving his sentence, he quit politics and became a journalist and as such took to writing novels. He created the character of The Pardaillan to expose his humanistic thesis and his antimonartic and anticlerical opinions. It is quite possible that these were the reasons why his novels have not been available in English, until now, over one hundred years later. Zévaco was born in 1860 in Ajaccio, France, and was a journalist, writer, and the author of popular novels, in particular, the series of The Pardaillan. Zévaco wrote more than 1,400 serials (including in 1903 the 262nd novel of Fausta, which put in the scene the Knight of Pardaillan) for the newspaper of Jaures, until December 1905. Between 1906 and 1918, the Morning published in serials nine novels. He died in Eaubonne in August 1918, undoubtedly of a cancer.