Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is an author of over twenty books published and self-published since August 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide.
With her lyrical writing style, Laurel’s books are as beautiful to read as they are informative.
In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, travelling to historic places in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series. Favourites: Star Trek, Doctor Who, original Battlestar Galactica, and Babylon 5.
Laurel proudly supports Health in Harmony, The Arbor Day Foundation, and other charities working to protect and replant forests globally.
Priest. Lover. Statesman.
Cardinal Armand-Jean du Plessis, duc de Richelieu is one of the most famous — or infamous politicians of all time. Made a villain in the popular Dumas novel, “The Three Musketeers,” the real man was a dedicated public servant loyal to king and country. A man of logic and reason, he transformed how we think about nations and nationality. He secularized wars between countries, patronized the arts for the sake of the public good, founded the first newspaper in France, and created France as the modern country we know today.
Behind the scenes, du Plessis frequently suffered from crippling migraines and malaria. Hidden from view, but ever at his side stood Anne Rochefeuille, his dear friend, nurse-caretaker, and lover. His intellectual equal, Anne worked tirelessly to empower her cardinal to accomplish greatness, their love for each other forbidden by the Roman Catholic church Armand served.
Filled with period music, dance, and plenty of romance, “His Red Eminence” transports you back to the court of King Louis XIII in all its vibrant and living color.
Includes eight period songs, plus prayers, a detailed timeline, and extensive bibliography so you can keep learning.
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TNR: Is being a biographical historian a gift or a curse?
Laurel: I think it is a little bit of both, actually. History is very political, especially when you explore the accomplishments of women or people of colour or some other group that has traditionally lacked wealth and influence. If “history is written by the winners” then my job as a biographical historian becomes sifting through the lies and distortions created by “winners” wanting to justify their actions to find the real story that is between the lines and amongst the lies.
That means I often come to conclusions that conflict with what other people believe or want to believe about people, places, and events. I’m often treading very controversial ideas and subjects. While that can be a lot of fun at times, I often receive push back on social media and in reviews of my biographies, some of it quite aggressive, when I challenge peoples’ assumptions about history and/or their cherished beliefs.
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