Countess of Rudolstadt

Countess of Rudolstadt

by George Sand

This sequel to Consuelo picks up not long after the striking conclusion of the first novel. Consuelo is enjoying a brilliant singing career. She befriends Princess Amelia of Prussia, the woman adored by Baron von Trenck, whose acquaintance Consuelo made in her previous adventures. She has also attracted the admiration of King Frederick II, who is Princess Amelia’s brother, and finds that she must tread carefully in order to both remain on his good side and protect her friends from his wrath. Despite her best efforts, however, she finds herself in prison, suspected of participating in a conspiracy against the king. As events escalate, Consuelo becomes entwined in the operations of a secret society. After she falls in love with a member of the society, she is faced with a heart-rending choice. - Summary by Scarbo

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Sand's writing was immensely popular during her lifetime and she was highly respected by the literary and cultural elite in France. Victor Hugo, in the eulogy he gave at her funeral, said "the lyre wa...

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