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The Sun King: Louis XIV at Versailles (New York Review Books)

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The Sun King is a dazzling double portrait of Louis XIV and

Versailles, recreating the daily life of the King, his court,

and his ministers during France’s golden age. Nancy Mitford

introduces us to the architects, artists, and gardeners tasked

with transforming a modest hunting lodge into the most magnificent

palace Europe had ever seen, delves into the complex

and deadly court intrigues afoot in the new capital, and

chronicles Louis’s love affairs with a succession of mistresses

including the brilliant feuding marquises of Montespan and

Maintenon. Along the way we find Jean-Baptiste de Lully and

his fiddlers, floating behind the King’s gondola on summer

nights in Versailles; Racine translating Latin aloud to his

insomniac monarch; the Premier Médecin du Roi, Guy Crescent

Fagon, bleeding one royal after another to death—and at the

center of them all the demanding, mercurial, but remarkably

resilient personality of France’s sovereign for nearly three

quarters of the Grand Siècle.

Brimming with sumptuous detail and delicious bons mots, and

written in a witty, conversational style The Sun King restores a

distant glittering century to vibrant life.

Synopsis:

The Sun King is a dazzling double portrait of Louis XIV and Versailles, the opulent court from which he ruled. With characteristic élan, Nancy Mitford reconstructs the daily life of king and courtiers during France’s golden age, offering vivid sketches of the architects, artists, and gardeners responsible for the creation of the most magnificent palace Europe had yet seen. Mitford lays bare the complex and deadly intrigues in the stateroom and the no less high-stakes power struggles in the bedroom. At the center of it all is Louis XIV himself, the demanding, mercurial, but remarkably resilient sovereign who guided France through nearly three quarters of the Grand Siècle.

Brimming with sumptuous detail and delicious bons mots, and written in a witty, conversational style, The Sun King restores a distant glittering century to vibrant life.

About the Author

Nancy Mitford (1904–1973) was the eldest of the “Mitford girls,”

the sisters who captured the attention of the English public and

press with their literary talents and unpopular politics. Nancy

Mitford herself was famous for her novels, for her forays

into social science, and for her biographies of famous figures

from French history, including Madame de Pompadour, which

is available from NYRB Classics.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590174913
Author:
Mitford, Nancy
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Author:
Mansel, Philip
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Biography-Royalty
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 0.47 in 0.48 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The Sun King is a dazzling double portrait of Louis XIV and Versailles, the opulent court from which he ruled. With characteristic élan, Nancy Mitford reconstructs the daily life of king and courtiers during France’s golden age, offering vivid sketches of the architects, artists, and gardeners responsible for the creation of the most magnificent palace Europe had yet seen. Mitford lays bare the complex and deadly intrigues in the stateroom and the no less high-stakes power struggles in the bedroom. At the center of it all is Louis XIV himself, the demanding, mercurial, but remarkably resilient sovereign who guided France through nearly three quarters of the Grand Siècle.

Brimming with sumptuous detail and delicious bons mots, and written in a witty, conversational style, The Sun King restores a distant glittering century to vibrant life.

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