Love and Louis XIV

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

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Mistresses and wives, mothers and daughters - Antonia Fraser brilliantly explores the relationships which existed between The Sun King and the women in his life. This includes not only Louis XIV's mistresses, principally Louise de La Valliere, Athenais de Montespan, and the puritanical Madame de Maintenon, but also the wider story of his relationships with women in general, including his mother Anne of Austria, his two sisters-in-law who were Duchesses d'Orleans in succession, Henriette-Anne and Liselotte, his wayward illegitimate daughters, and lastly Adelaide, the beloved child-wife of his more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 124 x 198 x 36mm | 458.13g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 68 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0753822938
  • 9780753822937
  • 26,099

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Louis springs to life as fresh and as fascinating as ever * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * Enjoyable ... Fraser brings to life the female stars circling the Sun King in an account that successfully combines erudition with gossipy stories of the kind the Versailles courtiers loved so much * SUNDAY TIMES * Fraser brilliantly dissects the intense rivalry of the ladies who indulged in 'commerce' with the king -- Ian Pindar * OBSERVER * Antonia Fraser's colourful history emphasises the conflict between private pleasure and religious dut in the life of Europe's grandest Catholic ruler -- Simon Shaw * MAIL ON SUNDAY * Vividly capturing 17th-century Europe's most extravagant court -- Mark Comber * DAILY EXPRESS * A sparkling history which captures the giddy quality of the times * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH *show more

About Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works, including the biographies MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS (a 40th anniversary edition was published in May 2009), CROMWELL: OUR CHIEF OF MEN, KING CHARLES II and THE GUNPOWDER PLOT (CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger; St Louis Literary Award). She has written five highly praised books which focus on women in history, THE WEAKER VESSEL: WOMEN'S LOT IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ENGLAND (Wolfson Award for History, 1984), THE WARRIOR QUEENS: BOADICEA'S CHARIOT, THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII, MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE JOURNEY (Franco-British Literary Prize 2001), which was made into a film by Sofia Coppola in 2006 and most recently LOVE AND LOUIS XIV: THE WOMEN IN THE LIFE OF THE SUN KING. She was awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000. Antonia Fraser was made DBE in 2011 for her services to literature. Her most recent book is MUST YOU GO?, celebrating her life with Harold Pinter, who died on Christmas Eve 2008. She lives in London.Visit Antonia Fraser's website at www.antoniafraser.comshow more

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