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Love and Louis XIV

The Women in the Life of the Sun King

By Antonia Fraser

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Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Other Information: 68 Illustrations, unspecified
Published In: United Kingdom, 08 August 2007
Mistresses and wives, mothers and daughters - Antonia Fraser brilliantly explores the relationships which existed between The Sun King and the women in his life. This includes not only Louis XIV's mistresses, principally Louise de La Valliere, Athenais de Montespan, and the puritanical Madame de Maintenon, but also the wider story of his relationships with women in general, including his mother Anne of Austria, his two sisters-in-law who were Duchesses d'Orleans in succession, Henriette-Anne and Liselotte, his wayward illegitimate daughters, and lastly Adelaide, the beloved child-wife of his grandson.

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MARIE ANTOINETTE was a Top Ten bestseller and has sold well over 170,000 paperbacks to date Antonia Fraser's biography of Marie Antoinette was the basis of Sofia Coppola's recent movie on the French queen THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII sold over 150,000 copies in hardback alone As read on BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week 'Written with a rare combination of sympathy, erudition and high literary accomplishment, this book is a delight' Mail on Sunday 'A wonderfully rounded portrait of the philandering king... Fraser has evoked a world by exercising the gifts that make her one of the most brilliant biographers of our time: her scholarship and her great humanity. Precise details bring the past to life' Daily Telegraph 'Bringing vividly to life the fairytale dazzle of the most splendid court in Western history... lively and wholly absorbing' The Times

About the Author

Since 1969, Antonia Fraser has written many acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers, including Marie Antoinette, Mary Queen of Scots (James Tait Black Memorial Prize), Cromwell: Our Chief of Men, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605 (St Louis Literary Award; CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger). Antonia Fraser was made CBE in 1999, and awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000. She is married to the playwright Harold Pinter and lives in London.


"A sparkling history which captures the giddy quality of the times" SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "Vividly capturing 17th-century Europe's most extravagant court.' -- Mark Comber THE DAILY EXPRESS 'Antonia Fraser's colourful history emphasises the conflict between private pleasure and religious dut in the life of Europe's grandest Catholic ruler.' -- Simon Shaw THE MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Fraser brilliantly dissects the intense rivalry of the ladies who indulged in 'commerce' with the king. -- Ian Pindar THE OBSERVER 'this enjoyable account. Fraser brings to life the female stars circling the Sun King in an account that successfully combines erudition with gossipy stories of the kind the Versailles courtiers loved so much.' THE SUNDAY TIMES

EAN: 9780753822937
ISBN: 0753822938
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Dimensions: 13 x 20 x 3.5 centimetres (0.38 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Tanzin Ahmed on
Like all her other fantastic books, Antonia Fraser does not skimp on the quality of Love and Louis XIV. Beautifully written and filled with pictures and detail, this book is hard to put down. Once you start reading, because of the detail that is added it will appear as though you are within the story. Being a fan of history i love reading most history books but this is different. It captures the mind and imagination!

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