Synopses & Reviews
Louis XIV, the highly-feted Sun King, was renowned for his political and cultural influence and for raising France to a new level of prominence in seventeenth-century Europe. And yet, as Antonia Fraser keenly describes, he was equally legendary in the domestic sphere. Indeed, a panoply of women -- his wife Anne; mistresses such as Louise de la Valliere, Athenais de Montespan, and the puritanical Madame de Maintenon; and an array of courtesans -- moved in and out of the court. The highly visible presence of these women raises many questions about their position in both Louis XIV's life and in France at large. With careful research and vivid, engaging prose, Fraser makes the multifaceted life of one of the most famous European monarchs accessible and vibrantly current.
Subtitled, "The Women In The Life Of The Sun King". This book centres around the Sun King and his relationship with numerous and fascinating women. It vividly brings to life the vast edifice of Louis XIV's court; the magnificence, artistic splendour, elaborate ritual and in some cases, absurdity and misery.