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Paradise and Pestilence: Aspects of Provence
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This is an entertaining account of Suzanne, Duchess of St Alban's life in Provence with her husband, the Duke of St Albans, where they conquered many difficulties in restoring her parents' derelict house and gardens at Vence. In between renovating the property, Mas Mistral, and entertaining friends, the Duchess found time to explore the geography and history of the region and to make herself better acquainted with its people and culture. Paradise and Pestilence recounts the Duchess's adventures and discoveries between 1977 and 1991 in a part of France she knows and loves well. Not only does she graphically describe all the hard work involved in renovating a long-neglected property; she vividly evokes her travels and explorations all over the south, from Monaco in the east to the Pyrenees in the west, visiting deserted mountain villages, medieval castles and half-abandoned towns that had never fully recovered from the trauma of the Inquisition.
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