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While there was much of interest, the book is not quite a biography of Louis XIV, it's more a series of impressionistic chapters on him (lightly) and the people around him. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Randall Monk
This book was not what I expected. I do not want to say that the book was bad because it was not. The problem is that the author seems to be more into the architecture and art of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nicholas Roberts
It's amazing to me when an author takes a potentially fascinating person, and writes in a way that is both confusing and somewhat boring. Read morePublished on October 16, 2007 by Philip Livsey
My purpose in reading this book was very simple: i wanted to have an idea on one of the most famous kings in french history and i wasnt dissapointed. Read morePublished on March 29, 2003 by Jorge I. Villanueva
I once read that Louis XIV would hold court with his advisors and other notables while receiving his daily enema, making him sort of a public "enema of the people. Read morePublished on October 19, 2002 by Magellan
While I own and have enjoyed reading many of Ian Dunlop's books, I found this one disappointingly ponderous and exhausting. Really tough sledding. I sent it back. Read morePublished on January 1, 2002
This biography disappointed me greatly. Louis XIV is a fascinating subject, but Ian Dunlop lacked the talent to make him interesting. Read morePublished on December 29, 2001