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Nancy Mitford's magnificent biography of Louis XIV is also an illuminating examination of France in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It focuses in particular on the Court of Versailles, which Louis transformed into Europe's greatest palace, and on the daily life of the king, government and courtiers as France reached the peak of its artistic and military achievement.
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Overview

Nancy Mitford's magnificent biography of Louis XIV is also an illuminating examination of France in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It focuses in particular on the Court of Versailles, which Louis transformed into Europe's greatest palace, and on the daily life of the king, government and courtiers as France reached the peak of its artistic and military achievement.
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“Irreverently lifts the skirts of the dolls of Versailles and rummages about underneath, exposing one gem of irresistible detail after another. . . . A glorious tribute to a glorious age.” — The Irish Times

“[Mitford’s] interest is focused on the human beings whose hopes, frustrations, and tragedies are hidden behind the stiff brocade of the period. The splendid century had its seamy side, and her racy narrative alternates between the glory and the grime, the ermine and the vermin.” — The New York Times

“History, like the kingdom of heaven, has many mansions, Nancy Mitford’s being, I suggest, a ravishingly pretty one, where anyone would be happy to spend time—and many have.”  — Antonia Fraser

“Nancy Mitford excels in depicting both the brilliant romantic showcase and the recessed world of power. . . . No historian writing in English has given a better pen-picture of Versailles in its heyday.” —Time

“A brilliant son et lumière performance.” —Guardian
 
"Nancy Mitford was particularly well-equipped to write about Louis XIV: She spent much of her adult life in France and possessed a sharp eye for detail." — Washington Post Book World
 
“Nancy Mitford gives vivid, indeed searching, portraits of the Grand Monarch, and of his awe-struck relations and courtiers . . . she summarizes a wealth of information about the king’s long, eventful life at Versailles . . . Readers will wish that her book were twice as long.” — Sunday Times (London)
 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060129880
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1966

Table of Contents

Introduction Vii

Acknowledgments 7

I The House 9

2 The Builders 18

3 The Mortemarts 26

4 The Envelope 32

5 The Governess 42

6 Poison 53

7 A City Of The Rich 63

8 The Grand Dauphin 70

9 The Queen's Staircase 75

10 The Young Generation 83

11 The New Régime 92

12 The Faculty 100

13 Saint-Cyr, The School 106

14 Saint-Cyr, The Convent 114

15 Lord Portland's Embassy 122

16 The Turn Of The Century 132

17 Mourning 140

18 Martial Noises Off 145

19 Three In Eleven Months 157

20 The End 166

Sources 170

Index 172

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

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    Interesting

    The book centers around the king's inner circle at Versailles and the social life of the court. Very little about politics and international events of the era. Interesting in that the king's personality comes through warts and all. Worth the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    The Sun King Review

    The book "The Sun King" is amazing providing much information on the Louis XIV, the Grand Dauphin, and the rest of the family. The family life, polotics and other is displayed gracefully in this informative and fun-to-read book.

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