The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask: A Historical Detective Story

The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask A Historical Detective Story The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask triumphantly solves an enduring puzzle that has stumped historians for centuries and seduced novelists and filmmakers to this day Who was the man who was rud to

  • Title: The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask: A Historical Detective Story
  • Author: Paul Sonnino
  • ISBN: 9781442253636
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask triumphantly solves an enduring puzzle that has stumped historians for centuries and seduced novelists and filmmakers to this day Who was the man who was rud to have been kept in prison and treated royally during much of the reign of Louis XIV while being forced to wear an iron mask Could he possibly have been the twin brotherThe Search for the Man in the Iron Mask triumphantly solves an enduring puzzle that has stumped historians for centuries and seduced novelists and filmmakers to this day Who was the man who was rud to have been kept in prison and treated royally during much of the reign of Louis XIV while being forced to wear an iron mask Could he possibly have been the twin brother of the Sun King Like every other serious scholar, intrepid historian Paul Sonnino discounts this theory, instead taking the reader along on his adventures to uncover the truth behind this ancient enigma Exploring the hidden, squalid side of the lavish court of France, the author uncovers the full spectrum of French society, from humble servants to wealthy merchants to kings and queens All had self interested reasons to hold their secrets close until one humble valet named Eustache Dauger was arrested and jailed for decades, simply because he knew too much and opened his mouth at the wrong time Presenting his dramatic solution to the mystery, Sonnino convincingly shows that no one will be able to tell the story of the man in the iron mask without taking into account the staggering array of evidence he has uncovered over the course of decades.

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    1. The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask by Paul Sonnino is a fascinating historic piece that illuminates one of the great mysteries in French history. It's fact heavy, but it is written in such a way that the reader is not overwhelmed. On the contrary, Sonnino's text teases the reader's mind and plays on their curiosity, it draws them in making it impossible to put the book aside. Highly recommended.

    2. You're probably familiar with the story. Maybe you've read Dumas' book, most likely you've seen one of the cinematic adaptations. The prevailing pop culture theory is that it was the identical twin brother of King Louis XIV. Not so fast, Sonnino alleges to have solved the historical mystery and the identity of the man isEustache Daunger, a docile, possibly gay, valet, who had the sad fortune of becoming privy to the secrets and intrigues of the court, particularly of the sordid financial nature [...]

    3. The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask triumphantly solves an enduring puzzle that has stumped historians for centuries and seduced novelists and filmmakers to this day. Who was the man who was rumored to have been kept in prison and treated royally during much of the reign of Louis XIV while being forced to wear an iron mask? Could he possibly have been the twin brother of the Sun King? Like every other serious scholar, intrepid historian Paul Sonnino discounts this theory, instead taking the [...]

    4. Thanks Rowman & Littlefield and netgalley for ARC.Very academic yet funny too. I learned a lot and liked Paul Sonnino's style.

    5. I am not that familiar with French history, and I’ve probably spent less than a total of 48 hours in France. But even I have heard of the mystery of the man in the iron mask. He is the anonymous prisoner held captive by Louis XIV for 34 years and forced to wear a mask. During that time, no one saw his face or heard him say his name. Many books have been written about the man in the iron mask, but historians have never agreed on his identity.Paul Sonnino, French historian and professor of histo [...]

    6. This is a terrible book about a most fascinating subject. What could have been a riveting journey down the road to discovery is instead a confused mess of real facts, some dubious ones, and a great deal of supposition that arrives at a highly questionable conclusion.The author, ostensibly an academic historian of some distinction, dances from name to name and fact to fact with an abandon that is only outmatched by his vertiginous leaps of dubious deduction, backed with a few facts, a great deal [...]

    7. Having read Dumas' novel in which this masked man appears, I had to read this book. I'll try not to reveal any spoilers. Sonnino is one of the leading historians of this period and this book shows just how much research a historian needs to do to track down all evidence--and there is a lot of it, in many archives, museums, libraries. But also he needs to have a firm grasp of the politics, social relationships, and psychology of individuals. As part of the preface he gives a list of dramatis pers [...]

    8. I went into this book knowing almost nothing about the story of the Man in the Iron Mask (no, I never even saw the movie) or the world in which he lived. Paul's writing was approachable and great for an 'Iron Mask' novice such as myself. The only problem I had though, was that I had to go back and reread quite a few sections to try and keep the people straight. There were a *lot* of people in this book to keep track of and I felt that sometimes they got muddled. But all in all an interested read [...]

    9. 3.5 Stars 4 Stars-because of the daunting research included in a organized book on a popular and intriguing historical mystery. 3 Stars-again, because of the exhaustive research in this book, sometimes the facts and information become overwhelming.The writing style makes it easier to wade through all the details and the subject matter is so interesting that the reader will stay on til the end. If it starts to feel like a textbook, just take a break and come back to it. You won't regret it. For h [...]

    10. I love a good historical mystery, and "The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask" looks at one of the most famous French ones. The good is that this subject has been crying for extended treatment. The bad here is that the author's style just wasn't dynamic enough to sustain my interest. As an academic piece, I wasn't convinced of the argument of the work, and as popular history, I didn't find the narrative sufficiently engaging for the general public.

    11. I have always been curious about this story. I am not really up with the French Revolution. I know names but not really who did what. I find that there are a lot of different thoughts on who he was. At first this book throws you for a loop but then it settles down. I am glad I read this story. I am still curious but I am glad to know there really was such a person! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.

    12. Sonnino uses his considerable knowledge of 17th century France to go all-in on the Eustache Dauger theory of the Man in the Iron Mask. The problem is one of audience--if a reader actually needed the exhaustive background on all the other theories and context, that reader would probably not be interested in solving this mystery in the first place.

    13. The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask is a fascinating read. To me, it was somewhat hard to red at times and I had to put it down for a bit. I did mostly enjoy the book and would give it 4 stars.

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