Monday, August 19, 2013

The Tragedy of King Lewis The Sixteenth Book Review

I was sent a new kind of book to review and it took me longer than I like to read because it was in a play form type of style, which I am not used to. And unfortunately, I did not do well in high school with Shakespeare so this type of writing is hard on me. I have to admit that even reading the Bible gives me trouble and my husband has to break it down for me all the time, so as you can see, this isn't my strong suit. The book is called The Tragedy of King Lewis The Sixteenth written by David Lane.
St. Paul writes in the New Testament that 'our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but...against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.' To the unhappy King Louis XVI of France, these words were particularly applicable.  
The play that has given its name to this volume of collected poetry presents the true tale of the only King of France who was tried and put to death by a revolutionary government that, at least in the world of the play, served as the unwitting scourge of God.  
The Enlightenment of the eighteenth century was animated by a rationalist Skepticism that in France especially militated against the Catholic Church. Because Louis and his two predecessors delayed in consecrating France to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Who to avert a catastrophe had requested the consecration through a devout French nun in 1689, on June 17, 1789, exactly one hundred years later, Louis XVI was challenged by the self-styled National Assembly, initiating the French Revolution.  
He was later stripped of his powers and guillotined like a criminal; France became engulfed in the horrors of the Revolutionary Terror.
This was truly a hard book for me to read and I had to keep stopping to make sure I understood what I had just read so I am not the best judge of plays. I actually have never even been to one in real life so I am not sure how they are suppose to be portrayed but I wanted to branch out and try to broaden my horizon.

We all know our history from High School and I am sure if you went on to college, you probably got even more than I did. It used to be one of my favorite subjects but gosh, that was a long time ago.  I have to admit, I probably know more about the U.S. and it's history more than I do about France.

If you are into early European History and know more about it than I do, this play will be awesome for you. If you are into poetry, even better because I think this is also along those lines. I think that the story itself is really riveting and if I was a history nut and could read plays better I think all of this would have been a delight. So, history buffs, this will be a good one for you to read and enjoy while at the same time getting a history lesson.

It's really a tragic tale of a king who is in the wrong era at the wrong time, which actually, a lot of Kings and Queens were not in the best era's of their time. Gosh, France has a bad history of offing their Kings and Queens at the whim of whatever is going on at the time. I can't imagine why anyone would want to be one of them during that time.

But, I guess that could be said of a lot of leaders in different times and places. I guess someone had to do it but I really don't think I would have liked it at all. I don't give a darn about the wealth and power, when anyone at anytime can come along and throw accusations or charges at you and boom! Off with your head!

Where was the loyalty? Where were the supporters?  It seems people were bought left and right, depending on who was doing the offering and what was at stake. I guess having your life threatened if you did not go along wasn't an option either. Boy, I bet people lived in fear of their lives a lot back then.

Relive it all when you read The Tragedy of King Lewis the Sixteenth and remember the link to the Catholic Church, the pope and initial warning: God or the Revolution. One play that will allow you, the reader to decide whether the King received what he deserved after you hear it straight from him. David Lane gives you the option to believe what you will.

I am definitely glad I did not live in that time and wonder how many Kings & Queens wish the same?

About the Author:

Mr. Lane, a resident of New York City, is Chairman of Una Voce New York, dedicated to restoring traditional Catholicism, especially the traditional Latin Liturgy.

His book is published through Tate Publishing, a mainline publishing house dedicated to working with aspiring authors and giving their book its best chance in the marketplace.

Visit David Lane's website for this book.
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.