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Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King Paperback – November 6, 2007
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You know how Louis XIV's life ended, but in order to understand it, you have to go back to the beginning.
Antonia Fraser, a rolific historical writer, paints a gorgeous portrait of Louis XIV, the Dauphin. He was the first male child borne to Anne of Austria, and his love of women continued throughout his life. Timelines, bloodlines and everything you ever wanted to know about Louis XIV is written in an engaging, witty style, drawing from numerous texts that are highly footnoted. This is a comprehensive study of 17th Century France and the torn dichotomy of Louis's soul: he feared God, wanted to provide for the French people, yet had an astounding sexual appetite.
He gave up his first true love, Marie Mancini, to marry his cousin Maria Teresa, the Spanish princess. He flirted mercilessly at Court with his sister-in-law, Henriette-Anne, who was England's Charles II's sister. But Charles and Henriette had a plan for Louis to become involved with a different woman. Falling for it, Louis found himself with Louise de La Vallière, who still preserved her maiden head. Ever restless with his respective bed partners, Louis proceeded to have sexual relations with the Marquise de Montespan but eventually gave her up to be involved with his own granddaughter-in-law, Adélaïde.
While women of the day were not allowed to rule as they could in England or Spain, "Under a king, a country is really ruled by women," states Adélaïde prior to her death from measles. Reign these women did, while whispering sweet nothings of a political bent in the bedchambers of the promiscuous Louis XIV.
An excellent book about Louis XIV, a must-read for anyone fascinated with history, as well as French politics.
Armchair Interviews says: Well-written and fascinating with a touch of wit and well-referenced quotes.
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The pacing of this book was very slow, but history moves at it's own pace. The thing I really objected to was the formatting for Kindle. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amy
Bad writing. This book is written with an aggressively annoying and affected style, and gives the impression that the primary goal of this author is to impress her readers with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donna M.
Book was written very well, with historical highlights added. Informative and helpful if you needed to do a presentation on Louis XIV.Published 4 months ago by Gerona Berry
Great book by a wonderful writer! I have read other Antonia Fraser books in the past, and have always enjoyed them. I think this is the best one yet! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book to read on a trip to France. I wanted to learn more about French history, and what better place to start than with the sun king himself. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Natalie
A well researched book does not guarantee a well written book and this attempt at an historical account of Louis XIV women epitomises this fact. Read morePublished 13 months ago by RR
This is an ok book ,, Oh to be a King ,, Mel Brooks said ,, Its good to be King ,,( now get me the Piss pot )Published 20 months ago by Jennifer L. Forbes