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it does provide an excellent introduction to the women and loves of Louis XIV’s ...
on January 22, 2015
I found Antonia Fraser’s book insightful, well-written, and witty. Although by no means a comprehensive study, it does provide an excellent introduction to the women and loves of Louis XIV’s life. I admit, I smirked and laughed on more than one occasion as Fraser described the hypocrisy of court life, the biting and sarcastic insights of the Duchesse d’Orleans (Liselotte), and the antics and schemes of the Marquise de Montespan as she attempted to snare and keep Louis XIV. I also enjoyed reading about Adelaide of Savoy (there seems to be very little written about her in general) and Louis XIV’s devotion to her in his twilight years. Overall, the book adds to the history of Louis XIV and shows the importance of the women in his life.