Louis XIV, the Real Sun King (Paperback)
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Innovator. Tyrant. Consummate showman. Passionate lover of women.
After the death of King Louis XIII in 1643, the French crown went to his first-born son and heir, four-year old Louis XIV. In the extraordinary seventy-two years that followed, Louis le Grand - France’s self-styled ‘Sun King’ - ruled France and its people, leaving his unique and permanent mark on history and shaping fashion, art, culture and architecture like none other before. This frank and concise book gives the reader a personal glimpse into the Sun King’s life and times as we follow his rise in power and influence: from a miraculous royal birth no one ever expected to the rise of king as absolute monarch, through the evolution of the glittering Château de Versailles, scandals and poison, four wars and many more mistresses… right up to his final days.
Absolute monarch. Appointed by God.
This is Louis XIV, the man. We will uncover his glorious and not-so-glorious obsessions. His debilitating health issues. His drive and passions. And we will dispel some myths, plus reveal the people in his intimate circle working behind the scenes on the Louis propaganda machine to ensure his legacy stayed in the history books forever.
This easy-to-read narrative is accompanied by a plethora of little-known artworks, so if you’re a Louis XIV fan or student, or just eager to know more about France's most famous king, we invite you to delve into court life of 17th century French aristocracy, the period known as Le Grand Siècle– “The Grand Century”.
As a short introduction the book is not without merit and as such recommendable.NetGalley, reviewed by Ilse Anne
Another well written and excellently researched book from Pen & Sword. The illustrations really compliment the narrative and the bibliography is a very useful little feature which I will be using to choose another title in order to further my knowledge of this influential King.NetGalley, reviewed by Lou @readers_retreat
I was particularly impressed with the variety of images throughout the book, some of which I hadn’t seen before, and some of the interesting reading listed at the end of the book.NetGalley, reviewed by Alison L
The French king still has a huge influence today, through music, comedy, dance and his splendid palace. He is an endlessly riveting object of study, and this book is an excellent addition to the collection.NetGalley, reviewed by Lisa Sanderson
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Anna Maria Giacomasso
An interesting and compact biography of the Sun King. A good starting book, with a lot of great pictures.
Strongly recommended to those who want to start reading about Louis XIV.
An engaging, quick little biography of the famous French monarch.NetGalley, reviewed by Nicki Markus
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Willy Marz
This is a lovely compact biography of Louis XIV of France. The great aspect and selling point of this book is that it provides a readable comprehensive foundation on the life of Louis XIV. If you like the period or want to know more about France and Europe at this time, this is the perfect place to start. This was a king to whom the entire history of Europe pivots, his importance to not just European but modern global history is incalculable. While no book can say everything about him and his age nor should it, we do need to learn the basic facts first about Louis XIV. This book does this with a well written narrative, excellent period illustrations and with a clear factual biography.
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