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Louis XIV as a young child
Louis XIV as a young child

John Calvin
John Calvin

The Edict of Nantes, April 1598
The Edict of Nantes, April 1598

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In the Shadow of the Sun King
In the Shadow of the Sun King by Golden Keyes Parsons
by Golden Keyes Parsons

The Huguenots have faced isolation and persecution during the reign of King Louis XIV. Despite the Edict of Nantes, religious discrimination is a part of everyday life. However, the Clavell family has enjoyed a bit of protection due to the King’s youthful love of Madeleine Clavell and his respect for her now deceased father. All that changes the day the dragoons arrive at the Clavell home.

Madeleine and her husband, Francois, have prepared for such an event as the arrival of the dragoons. Unfortunately, a series of choices are about to put the Clavell family right in the King’s path and place their entire family at risk. Madeleine and Francois will have to rely on their faith in God to face the hardships ahead.

IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN KING is a stunning portrait of the power of faith. Madeleine and Francois endure challenges that would test the faith of anyone and yet they persevere. Golden Keyes Parsons doesn’t make her characters perfect saints, however. Her characters stumble over the very same obstacles many face today. In fact, it is their ability to overcome such obstacles and to face their own failings while leaning on God that makes them so realistic.

Golden Keyes Parsons doesn’t hesitate to address some very weighty issues. Readers should note that topics such as adultery and murder are integral to the plot. Ms. Parsons pits her characters against the frightening backdrop of the persecution of the Huguenots to provide an insightful and terrifying picture of fanaticism and power gone amok.

IN THE SHADOW OF THE KING is not your typical Christian fiction story. Golden Keyes Parsons doesn’t promise a happily-ever-after for any of her characters but instead shows their struggles with life in the midst of dangerous and violent turmoil. Sometimes the characters will make you mad, other times you’ll weep for them. But without a doubt, IN THE SHADOW OF THE KING makes a definite impact on the reader. History comes alive in this phenomenal tale!

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson (October 2008)
Other books in series:   Darkness to Light Series (second book is A PRISONER OF VERSAILLES)

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