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More fake memoirs

While attempting to research a biography on Louis XIV’s mistress Veronica Buckley stumbled upon the lost diaries of the former king of France. The problem was the diary was not written 282 years ago, but in 1998.

What Buckley quotes is in fact the work of François Bluche. In 1998 this French academic decided to imagine what the king’s journals might have been like, by piecing together information gleaned from myriad historical documents. The result was a book, Le Journal secret de Louis XIV, which Buckley got hold of and used as a primary source.

I think this brings the fraudulent or recalled memoir/biography count to four? or is it five? this year…

More in The Guardian

Posted by on April 30, 2008.

Categories: author, history, writing

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