The Sun King
Louis XIV at Versailles
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ISBN10: 1590174917 ISBN13: 9781590174913 Contributors: Mansel, Philip (Introduction) Publisher: New York Review of Books Published: May 8 2012 Pages: 189 Weight: 0.48lbs. Height: 8.00" Width: 5.25" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
The Sun King is a dazzling double portrait of Louis XIV and Versailles, the opulent court from which he ruled. With characteristic lan, 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 Si cle. 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.