The Sun King's Garden

The Sun King's Garden : Louis XIV, Andre Le Notre and the Creation of the Gardens of Versailles

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Warmonger, womanizer and autocrat, Louis XIV, France's self-styled 'Sun King', was also history's most fanatical gardener. At Versailles, he created not only Europe's most lavish palace but the most extensive gardens the Western world has ever seen. Assisting Louis was a lowly born yet phenomenally talented gardener, Andre Le Notre. While Louis could strike fear into the highest in the land, Le Notre enjoyed the king's trust and friendship for more than forty years. In this lavishly illustrated book, Ian Thompson reveals with knowledge, wit and insight the intertwined stories of an extraordinary garden and an extraordinary friendship.
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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 189 x 246mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.)
  • 0747579598
  • 9780747579595

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'Thompson's book is both lively and well researched, studded with anecdotes and fascinating statistics' Peter Parker, Telegraph 'Impeccably researched Beautifully illustrated, you'll want to book your Eurostar ticket to Paris immediately' Daily Mail 'Impressive and handsomely produced Thompson's book is the best account available in English of how and why this extraordinary prodigy of gardening art and regal vanity came into existence, and of an elusive royal service whose monument - no less than Louis's - it remains' John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph 'He illuminates afresh the complex relationship of gardening to personality, culture and background vividly recaptures its glories a history that satisfies by its subtleties as well as its expertise' Jenny Uglow, Times Literary Supplement
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About Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson studied Philosophy at the University of Newcastle (1974-77), and later completed a BPhil and PhD in Landscape Architecture. After qualifying as a landscape architect he worked in practice first in Glasgow and then on Tyneside. Between 1986 and 1992 he was a Senior Landscape Architect in the Planning Department of Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council. He currently teaches postgraduate Landscape Architecture at Newcastle University.
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