Love and Louis XIV

Love and Louis XIV

The Women in the Life of the Sun King

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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. 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. Fraser weaves insights into the nature of women's religious lives--as well as such practical matters as contraception--into her sweeping portrait of the king, his court, and his ladies.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talesee/Doubleday, 2006.
ISBN: 9780385509848
Branch Call Number: B Louis
Characteristics: xxviii, 388 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm.


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Jul 10, 2015

This is a great gossipy history book. I have my B.A. in history and find that some books lack a historian's eye. This book is the opposite and even describes the details of Louis XIV wealth in interesting minutia. It is snarky. If you like the Tudors or the Borgias, you will like this book.

Jun 18, 2008

A highly entertaining and readable history of Louis XIV (1638-1715) and the many women in his life : his mother Anne of Austria, his mistresses Louise de La Valliere, Athenais de Montespan and Madame de Maintenon and other women in his life including his daughters, nieces and grandson’s wife Adelaide. Louis XIV was a dynamic King of France, as meticulous in his role war chief as he was in transforming Versailles. He was also reliant on the many women in his life to provide religious advice, sexual fulfillment and multiple heirs . The book explains the social hierarchy between mistresses and their great influence on the court. Little details enliven the book: Athenais de Montespan started a fashion of loose-fitting clothes to disguise her frequent pregnancies ;Madame de Maintenant , a pious woman said to be secretly married to the King, caused great consternation when was she wore royal ermine for a portrait . A lively, satisfying read that never bogs down.

Mar 25, 2008

I really didn't think I was going to like this book, but after the first 50 pages I was hooked. Extremely well-written, Ms. Fraser makes you care. The names, and their similarities, are a little overwhelming, but I persevered and learned a lot of history. Yes - the Royals really do lead a very, very different life than the rest of us. I find it amazing that the institution still exists.


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