The Bastard Prince of Versailles: A Novel Inspired by True Events

The Bastard Prince of Versailles

Published: 9/1/2023

In The Bastard Prince of Versailles, a factually based historical novel, a disowned gay prince struggles to redeem himself through heroism and self-sacrifice at war in 17th century France.


"Author Will Bashor portrays the intrigues of the 17th-century French court with fantastic detail and a passion for atmosphere, filling every page with rivalries, betrayals, and political manoeuvring. The character of Louis is sensitively drawn, and readers witness his struggles with identity, love, and the demands of royal life. The novel delves into themes of heroism and self-sacrifice with some deeply compelling emotional scenes that tug at the heartstrings and help us relate to human beings from centuries ago on a modern personal level. Overall, a compelling historical novel that not only entertains but also educates about a lesser-known aspect of French history, and I would not hesitate to recommend it."

     --Five-Star review by K.C. Finn for READERS’ FAVORITE.

"In his masterpiece of historical fiction, Will Bashor gives us everything we love about royal drama. The way he interweaves the glory and splendor of XVII century France with the sins and debauchery of its elite is simply unforgettable."

     -- Matt Ljr, Netherlands Review

"Absolutely magnificent historical retelling of a captivating story. I loved the way the author writes and makes us immerse into the story. A wonderful read."

--Kelly N., NetGalley Reviewer

"Absolutely phenomenal! Terrific from start to finish. I just love reading about unknown historical people and the author does a great job of bringing Count Louis to life. What a tale that you have to read about. This book comes with pictures - it just doesn't get any better than this. I will definitely be keeping this author on my radar! Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publishers for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion."

-- Christine C., NetGalley Reviewer