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Memoirs of Duc de Saint-Simon, 1715-1723: Fatal Weakness

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ISBN-10: 1933698160
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The Sun King, Louis XIV is dead, and intrigue and espionage run rampant at a royal court where indulgence and excess are the norm. Saint-Simon now has close ties to the most powerful man in France, the Regent Duc d'Orléans, but he also has enemies stronger than ever before. Both high drama and frivolous escapades reach new heights as he takes us breathlessly into his final days at the French court, and the end of an era.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: 1500 Books (November 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933698160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933698168
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Saint-Simon, close to Louis XIV, dishes the authentic dirt!
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The memoirs of Duc de Saint-Simon have been a fascinating journey through the Court of Louis XIV, the French nobility during the reign of The Regent and the proceedings leading up to the rule of Louis XV.
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This is a very attractive and pleasing, three-volume edition of one of the all-time great memoirs, if not the greatest. You may think you have no interest in Louis XIV or his court, but if you have the slightest interest in the creation of the modern state, you can dip in to any passage in any of the three volumes and find something fascinating and revelatory. This 300-year-old work will still be avidly read 300 years from now. Consider it the ultimate gossip column about the "beautiful people" who had so much influence on our history. We have nothing comparable on Washington, Wall Street or Hollywood.
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I am the publisher of this book, the third and final edition of Saint-Simon's memoirs. If you are on book one or two, and unsure about whether to continue, I can assure you will not be disappointed. D'Orleans has taken the helm as regent, and we see the close of Saint-Simon's life at court. I titled this book "Fatal Weakness." While Saint-Simon uses this term to describe his friend d'Orleans, I use it with affectionate irony about the Duke himself. At the end of this work, you can't help but feel you know the Duke a little better than he knew himself. For me, reading the last page was like losing a friend, and it remains one of the most rewarding works I've ever read.
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