Friday, February 1, 2008

Paperback 71: The Cardinal and the Queen / Evelyn Anthony (Dell 1075)

Paperback 71: Dell 1075 (1st ptg, 1969)

Title: The Cardinal and the Queen
Author: Evelyn Anthony
Cover artist: uncredited

Best things about this front cover:

  • I am not quite convinced that people in the 17th century dressed like this or had hairstyles like this.
  • What is she doing with her hands/fingers? I understand she has to keep that pointless sash up somehow but it looks like she's saying "Kneel! Right here! You heard me!"
  • In case you are wondering, the "Cardinal" is Cardinal Richelieu, the "Queen" is Anne of Austria (Queen of Louis XIII), and the canopied bed in the background means they are totally doing it.



Michael5000 said...

It's worth doing a Google Image for portraits of Richelieu for a little compare-and-contrast with Mr. 70's Haircut.

Anonymous said...

Run out of books? Come back, we miss you!

livebug said...

The Queen looks strangely muscular about the forearms. Perhaps she's a moment away from flipping Richelieu over her back and *forcing* him to kneel. TOTALLY doing it.

Lynn Sinclair said...

Are you sure the title isn't "The Cardinal and the Queer"?

Anonymous said...

Richelieu or Mazarin? Anne LOATHED Richelieu, but Mazarin may have been her lover - certainly they loved each other, whether or not it was physical.

But then I daresay the novel is as totally stupid as the cover ...