Love and Louis XIV : The Women in the Life of the Sun King
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.
- 125 x 142 x 25mm | 215g
- 24 Aug 2006
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
- Abridged edition
'enthralling listening - as Pat Hodge reads (superbly!)... Fraser draws the listener into the world of splendour and intrigue, injecting fresh life into the long-dead characters who inhabited it.' -- Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS 'Antonia Fraser rightly enjoys widespread respect for her historical biographies, thanks not only to the quality of her work but also to her unique and intimate approach... an expansive and vivid account of life in the court of Louis le Grand.' Books Quarterly 'This audiobook represents an ideal three-way marriage of subject, author, and reader (Patricia Hodge). Fraser deploys her knowledge with practised art and magisterial sweep... The centuries roll back in six and a half fascinating hours.' -- Betty Tadman THE SCOTSMAN '[part of a] fabulous array of spoken word material' -- Vidar Hjardeng THE BOOK MAGAZINE 'Notwithstanding some voyeuristic airing of the monogrammed linen, Fraser's version of the 17th-century French monarch's life takes seriously the political and religious context of the times to produce an enlightening study of the age that glitters with seductive descriptions of Versailles ceremony and luxury. Hodge reads with queenly grace.' -- Karen Robinson THE SUNDAY TIMES
About Antonia Fraser
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.