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Love and Louis XIV The Women in the Life of the Sun King (Paperback)

Author:  Antonia Fraser
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1400033748
ISBN-13: 9781400033744
Sku: 204884754
Publish Date: 11/6/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 5.25H x 8.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  389
Age Range:  NA
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Louis XIV, the highly-feted ?Sun King?, was renowned for his political and cultural influence and for raising France to a new level of prominence in seventeenth-century Europe. And yet, as Antonia Fraser keenly describes, he was equally legendary in the domestic sphere. Indeed, a panoply of women ? his wife Anne; mistresses such as Louise de la Vallière, Athénaïs de Montespan, and the puritanical Madame de Maintenon; and an array of courtesans ? moved in and out of the court. The highly visible presence of these women raises many questions about their position in both Louis XIV's life and in France at large. With careful research and vivid, engaging prose, Fraser makes the multifaceted life of one of the most famous European monarchs accessible and vibrantly current.A study of the life and reign of the Sun King looks at the world of King Louis XIV from the perspective of his intimate relationships with the women in his life, from his mother, Anne of Austria, and his official queen, Marie-Thérèse, to his many mistresses--including Louise de la Vallière, Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan, and Françoise de Maintenon. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Popular historian Antonia Fraser again recreates an era and presents vivid portraits of women in this study of the life and loves of France's Sun King. Fraser presents a parade of women who were important in Louis's life, beginning with his mother and including wives, mistresses, wives of others (including his brother), and lesser dalliances--all of which fascinated and scandalized a watchful court and citizenry. Fraser is especially informative on the precarious and changing fortunes of women at that time.


"Fraser's a highly readable confection....With vivid wit, [she] demonstrates that within the edifice of the monarchy there were deep crannies of ordinary affection." 11/27/2006

"To her vast recounting and analysing emotions at the court, Antonia Fraser brings vast reading, the knowledge of the seventeenth century...and knowledge of the human heart....Immensely readable." - Philip Mansel 12/08/2006

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