Michael Zévaco's The Pardaillan
Volume II The Knight-Errant
About the Book
Don’t miss the continued saga of the intrepid knight-errant John of Pardaillan caught in a web of treacherous and vindictive royal revenge! Why do the courtiers want to kill him? Why are Pardaillan father and son fighting against each other on different camps?
The long and bloodied religious war between Catholics and Huguenots (French Protestants) finally comes to an end as Queen Catherine of Medici through her handsomest and gallant son (whom she abandoned at birth to die) the Count of Marillac delivers to her cousin the Queen of Navarra Jeanne of Albret, his adoptive mother “. . . Here is what I propose: Long lasting and definitive peace the right of the reformed religion to sustain a priest and to build a temple here in Paris and with assured liberty to exercise their cult, ten strong bastions elected by the queen of Navarra with titles of refuge and guarantee, twenty court appointments for her coreligionists, the right to preach their theology, the right to access all employments, as if they were Catholics . . .” Or will she renege, a ruse to further her diabolical plans?
And finally, the mesmerizing encounter of Joan of Piennes with Francis of Montmorency, after sixteen-years of tumultuous separation comes to an end.
About the Author
The author of The Pardaillan, Michael Zévaco, 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 as well as his antimonarchy 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.
Michael Zévaco (1860-1918) was born in Ajaccio, France. He was a journalist and French 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.