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T HE C RITICS âNot tonight, Josephine: I'm too busy reading Cat Royal' â N APOLEON B ONAPARTE âPublish her and be damned â it's revolutionary hogwash!' â THE D UKE OF W ELLINGTON âIt is the Right of every man to read her books' â T OM P AINE âCat Royal? She provides the oxygen of wit for the brain' â A NTOINE L AURENT L AVOISIER, SCIENTIST âI was very disappointed: there's not a moment of Germanic obscurity or sublimity in it. I understood every word' â I MMANUEL K ANT, PHILOSOPHER âCat Royal's life is like a fairytale, full of light and darkness' â THE B ROTHERS G RIMM âWho? I have no time for such frivolities while there is a wagon of aristocrats to behead' â M AXIMILIEN R OBESPIERRE âHer wit has a cutting edge' â D R G UILLOTINE âLike me, she sounds mad, bad and dangerous to know â just my type' â L ORD B YRON âShe takes the dead corpse of history and breathes new life into it' â M ARY S HELLEY âNot a moment of drowsy numbness when reading her â she's all dance and ProvenÃ§al song, and sunburnt mirth!' â J OHN K EATS âWhat! She's not still writing, is she? I thought I asked someone to arrest her!' â R T H ON W ILLIAM P ITT, THE PRIME MINISTER
A N OTE TO THE R EADER
Considering the high tide of feelings running against our French neighbours at present, I should warn my reader that you will find no such prejudices in these pages. I, Cat Royal, late of Drury Lane Theatre, am a declared friend of the revolution (most of the time). If you only like to dine with absolute monarchs on good old English roast beef, suet pudding and beer, perhaps you should look elsewhere for satisfaction. In these pages you'll eat with the people on a meal of highly-spiced French adventure, washed down with a sparkling draught of dance. Will you take a seat at my table, mes amis ?