Louis XIV / Edition 1

Louis XIV / Edition 1

by Richard Wilkinson
     
 

'Wilkinson's prose is vigorous, direct, and often very funny ... There is not a dull page in the book. At the same time, its purpose is entirely serious ... There could scarcely be a better way of drawing the non-specialist reader into the intricate world of seventeenth-century France.'History Review

This lively and accessible biography

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'Wilkinson's prose is vigorous, direct, and often very funny ... There is not a dull page in the book. At the same time, its purpose is entirely serious ... There could scarcely be a better way of drawing the non-specialist reader into the intricate world of seventeenth-century France.'History Review

This lively and accessible biography focuses on Louis' personal life while keeping the needs of the history student at the forefront, featuring analysis of Louis' wider significance in history and the surrounding historiography.

A narrative account of Louis' life, this study proposes that the Sun King's reign and legacy cannot be fully understood without a detailed analysis of Louis' private life and personality, including his upbringing and his many lovers. Louis' relations with his closest family set the tone for the treatment of his French subjects and for his foreign policy towards the rest of Europe.

This book balances the undeniable cultural achievements of the reign against the realities of Louis' egotism and argues that, when viewed critically, Louis' rule (1643–1715) personified the disadvantages of absolute monarchy and inexorably led to social and political blunders resulting in the suffering of millions. Richard Wilkinson demonstrates that while Louis excelled as a self publicist, he fell far short of being a great monarch.

A must read for all students and those with a general interest in one of history's most colourful rulers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415358163
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Series:
Routledge Historical Biographies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


List of plates and figures     vii
Acknowledgements     viii
Chronology     ix
Introduction     1
The Rising Sun, 1638-61     10
The king and his subjects     34
The king at work     55
Culture with a purpose     82
Relations and friends     98
The world at his feet: foreign policy, 1661-84     122
Louis XIV and religion     143
Nemesis: foreign policy, 1684-1715     168
The Sun King and his people, 1684-1715     197
Conclusion     215
Glossary     232
Further reading     234
Notes     240
Index     250

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