Memoirs of a Dwarf: At the Sun King's Court

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    Set in the over-scaled, decadent Versailles of Louis XIV, Memoirs of a Dwarf is the story of Hugues, an impoverished dwarf who maneuvers his way up into the very highest of court circles by clandestinely serving the needs of a mob of unscrupulous gamblers, of a priest notorious for saying black Masses at midnight, and—from under the gaming tables—of a number of sex-starved society women, including Louis's mistress.  Along the way, Hugues finally discovers the truth of his own identity, a revelation which is a political bombshell and which subjects him to a grisly turn.
    The story combines historical events and characters—Louis, his mistresses, his outrageous brother Philippe, and many other baroque personalities—with fictitious ones. Hugues’s tale reaches its climax during the famous affaire des poisons, the sexual and political scandal that thundered through the royal court and threatened wholesale destruction.

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"A ribald twist on Henry Fielding's Tom Jones, Paul Weidner's Memoirs of a Dwarf: At the Sun King's Court turns historical fiction on its head."—Brent Spencer, author of Are We Not Men?

"Hugues narrates the book with a controlled, steady innocence that makes for brilliant irony and dark humor of the sort Mark Twain achieved with the guileless Huck in Huckleberry Finn."—Fran Zell

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