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ISBN:
0385660634
Author:
Antonia Fraser
Category:
Historical
Language:
English
Publisher:
Anchor Canada (November 6, 2007)
Pages:
432 pages
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1978 kb
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Rating:
4.4
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290


Praise for Antonia Fraser's. What makes Fraser's book so compelling is her psychologically astute insights into what motivated these historical figures.

Praise for Antonia Fraser's. LOVE and LOUIS XIV. Eminently readable. Fraser argues convincingly. makes the romances and scandals of the seventeenth century seem as lively as the latest gossip. Fluent and energetic. The Times Literary Supplement (London).

Who is this book for? Readers who would like to learn more about Louis XIV's love life and the psychology behind what made him so randy! This is the perfect book for readers who find themselves asking these questions: Did Louis XIV marry? Did he love his wife? If so, why did he have so many mistresses?

Who is this book for? Readers who would like to learn more about Louis XIV's love life and the psychology behind what made him so randy! This is the perfect book for readers who find themselves asking these questions: Did Louis XIV marry? Did he love his wife? If so, why did he have so many mistresses?

Love and Louis XIV book. This book is more than just a look at the women in the Sun King's life.

Love and Louis XIV book. I find Louis a very self-centered man (he had been Did you know that Louis the XIV used to be given an enema on a regular basis? Or that no matter one's suffering, they we're bled from their arms or their legs? Now that is some horror stuff right there. I can only appreciate the age I'm living in, with all its advances in medicine.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 332-355) and index. The self-proclaimed Sun King, Louis XIV ruled over the most glorious and extravagant court in seventeenth-century Europe. Now, Antonia Fraser goes behind the well-known tales of Louis's accomplishments and follies, exploring in detail his intimate relationships with women. The king's mother, Anne of Austria, had been in a childless marriage for 22 years before she gave birth to Louis XIV. A devout Catholic, she instilled in her son a strong sense of piety and fought successfully for his right to absolute power.

Love and Louis XIV is the perfect book to read in bed on a long summer day - or a short winter on.

This is, after all, a book filled with incidents that take place in the grand bedchambers and appartements des bains of royal palaces like Saint-Germain and Versailles: the offices, in effect, of the Sun King, his wives (one official, the other less so) and mistresses.

Antonia Fraser, a popular historian, has delved into archives across Europe to unravel the true story of the plot by fanatical Roman Catholics to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I at the opening of Parliament in 1605. Royal Charles: Charles II and the Restoration. The acclaimed biographer details the life, reign, and impact of King Charles II of England, revealing him to have been far more serious, sensible, and competent than has been thought. Oxford Blood (Jemima Shore, by Antonia Fraser.

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The self-proclaimed Sun King, Louis XIV ruled over the most glorious and extravagant court in seventeenth-century Europe.

The self-proclaimed Sun King, Louis XIV ruled over the most glorious and extravagant court in seventeenth-century Europe.

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The superb historian and biographer Antonia Fraser, author of Marie Antoinette, casts new light on the splendor and the scandals of the reign of Louis XIV in this dramatic, illuminating look at the women in his life.The self-proclaimed Sun King, Louis XIV ruled over the most glorious and extravagant court in seventeenth-century Europe. Now, Antonia Fraser goes behind the well-known tales of Louis’s accomplishments and follies, exploring in riveting detail his intimate relationships with women.The king’s mother, Anne of Austria, had been in a childless marriage for twenty-two years before she gave birth to Louis XIV. A devout Catholic, she instilled in her son a strong sense of piety and fought successfully for his right to absolute power. In 1660, Louis married his first cousin, Marie-Thérèse, in a political arrangement. While unfailingly kind to the official Queen of Versailles, Louis sought others to satisfy his romantic and sexual desires. After a flirtation with his sister-in-law, his first important mistress was Louise de La Vallière, who bore him several children before being replaced by the tempestuous and brilliant Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan. Later, when Athénaïs’s reputation was tarnished, the King continued to support her publicly as Athénaïs left court for a life of repentance. Meanwhile her children’s governess, the intelligent and seemingly puritanical Françoise de Maintenon, had already won the King’s affections; in a relationship in complete contrast to his physical obsession with Athénaïs, Louis XIV lived happily with Madame de Maintenon for the rest of his life, very probably marrying her in secret. When his grandson’s child bride, the enchanting Adelaide of Savoy, came to Versaille she lightened the King’s last years – until tragedy struck.With consummate skill, Antonia Fraser weaves insights into the nature of women’s religious lives – as well as such practical matters as contraception – into her magnificent, sweeping portrait of the king, his court, and his ladies.From the Hardcover edition.
  • Ger
I found Antonia Fraser’s book insightful, well-written, and witty. Although by no means a comprehensive study, it does provide an excellent introduction to the women and loves of Louis XIV’s life. I admit, I smirked and laughed on more than one occasion as Fraser described the hypocrisy of court life, the biting and sarcastic insights of the Duchesse d’Orleans (Liselotte), and the antics and schemes of the Marquise de Montespan as she attempted to snare and keep Louis XIV. I also enjoyed reading about Adelaide of Savoy (there seems to be very little written about her in general) and Louis XIV’s devotion to her in his twilight years. Overall, the book adds to the history of Louis XIV and shows the importance of the women in his life.
  • Dream
This is a fascinating book about women who influenced Louis XIV. It's not salacious, it's just really, really interesting, and has lots of detail that I'd never known before. I read a lot of European history both non-fiction and fiction, and this is one of the best.
  • Kegal
I want so badly to like this book. I’m about halfway through and I’ve gathered that:

A.) You basically can’t dig into this book without basic knowledge on France and basic French (unless you’re willing to use a translator).
B.) Antonia Fraser thinks her book may be undesirable to readers if she does not add a sophisticated word in almost every sentence. It’s unnecessary. It’s almost as if when writing this book she sat there with a thesaurus open to turn what would be perfectly good and descriptive words into unnecessary chances to make herself seem highly intelligent. It’s just adding confusion to the book as a whole.
C.) You are probably going to be confused anyways unless you’re very good with remembering a countless number of names of people and their nicknames. Of course, they’re listed in the beginning in the book but no one wants to flip back and forth to figure out who Antonia is writing about. In one page you’ll read Madame this, Queen that, Marquis this, King that, Charles this, etc. You can find yourself reading about ONE person but they’re being referenced in three different ways all in the span of one page. It’s completely confusing.

Up to this point, I’ve honestly found points in the book where I’ve been so enthralled and downright mesmerized. Other parts, with all of the confusion and unnecessary usage of vocabulary you need a degree from Harvard to understand and the countless amount of people talked about, it’s gotten frustrating quick.

Not a bad book but not a wonderful book either. I wanna learn about Louis and compare the Ovation show “Versailles” to it and have fun with it.
  • Kikora
Very interesting. I've learned more about history in these books than in my entire time in school! If they taught history as it actually was, I'm sure more students would love history class!
  • Vikus
Love and Louis XIV is a superbly researched book about the many loves of Louis XIV, perhaps the most interesting monarch to have ever lived, and certainly to have ever ruled la belle France.

WHO IS THIS BOOK FOR? Readers who would like to learn more about Louis XIV's love life and the psychology behind what made him so randy! This is the perfect book for readers who find themselves asking these questions: Did Louis XIV marry? Did he love his wife? If so, why did he have so many mistresses? Why did he sometimes appear so cold, so cruel to those nearest to him? What happened to the young Louis that made him unable to remain interested/faithful to one woman?

****Note, if you are looking for a comprehensive biography about the Sun King, one that covers his life, not just his love life, I would highly recommend LOUIS XIV by Olivier Bernier (an expert on French culture and history)****

Antonia Fraser is a supremely talented author, deftly weaving pertinent facts, interesting tidbits, and riveting story-telling. Her books are my beach-reads. Forget chick-lit, murder mysteries, or romance novels, there's more romance and intrigue in one of Antonia Fraser's books and what makes it more thrilling to read is that it all really happened!
  • mr.Mine
As always, Antonia Fraser has done extensive research and is remarkably informed on her subject matter. This is a great way of clarifying the complicated names and relationships in the TV series Versailles. No fiction in the book, but interesting to compare reality vs. TV show. Versailles is reasonably accurate.