As revealed in her diary, Maximilienne Carpentier is one of the most elusive and enigmatic figures of recent European history. Who was this strange woman? Where is the island she speaks of? Can we believe that she did away with her enemies as she describes? Was her father really a convicted criminal, her aunt a murdress and her cousin a suicide? Who is the mysterious Claude Besson, her apparent help in time of trouble? What of the Royal Title she alludes to, or her claim that Charles VII of France ratified this valuable document? Although some details linger obstinately in the caprice of nineteenth-century political turmoil, the Carpentier diary nevertheless remains a fascinating document.
John gives an overview of the book:
I have been writing for close on 40 years. It began with a controversial college paper that created such a stir, I published it. The book has sold well ever since. I have lived in South Africa, the UK and US, and am now located in France, in a small village on the southern...