Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King

Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King

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By (author) Antonia Fraser, Read by Patricia Hodge

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The book centres around the Sun King and his relationship with numerous and fascinating women. Naturally dividing into five parts it will concentrate on the King's mother, Anne of Austria to whom he was devoted; his first important mistress, Louise de la Valliere who bore him several illegitimate children; Athenais Marquise de Montespan who acted as unofficial Queen of Versailles until her involvement in the affair of poisons and of course Marie Therese, his wife; and Madame de Maintenon, governess to the illegitimate royal children. The fifth part concentrates on his relations in old age with his daughters, granddaughters and the wife of his grandson. It will vividly bring to life the vast edifice of Louis XIV's court - the magnificence, artistic splendour, elaborate ritual and in some cases, absurdity and misery.

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Since 1969, Antonia Fraser has written many acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers, including Marie Antoinette, Mary Queen of Scots (James Tait Black Memorial Prize), Cromwell: Our Chief of Men, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605 (St Louis Literary Award; CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger). Antonia Fraser was made CBE in 1999, and awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000. She is married to the playwright Harold Pinter and lives in London. Patricia Hodge trained at LAMDA, winning the Eveline Evans Award. Theatre work ranges from Benefactors, Summerfolk, and Noises Off, to As You Like It, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and His Dark Materials. Television work includes Rumpole of the Bailey and The Life and Loves of a She Devil. Film appearances include Betrayal, co-starring with Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley.

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Patricia Hodge trained at LAMDA, winning the Eveline Evans Award. Theatre work ranges from HAIR, to AS YOU LIKE IT, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE and HIS DARK MATERIALS. Television work includes RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY and THE LIFE AND LOVES OF A SHE DEVIL. Film appearances include BETRAYAL, co-starring with Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley