Item Details

Versailles

Colin Jones
Format
Book
Published
New York : Basic Books, 2018.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
ISBN
9781541673380, 1541673387
Summary
"Nothing represents the glorious and fraught history of France quite like the Palace of Versailles. Made famous by the absolutist king Louis XIV, Versailles became legendary for the splendor of its revels-but then, after the Revolution of 1789, it fell into disrepute as a reminder of royal excess and abuse of power. Subsequent French governments struggled with how to handle the opulent palace and grounds-should the site be memorialized, trivialized, rehabilitated, or even destroyed outright? Drawing on a new wave of recent research, historian Colin Jones masterfully traces the evolution of Versailles as a space of royal politics and aristocratic pleasures, a building of mythic status, and one of the world's great tourist destinations." --
Contents
  • Creating: from house of cards to fairy-tale palace
  • Mythologising: the golden era (1682-1715)
  • Continuing: the Bourbon successorion (1715-1789)
  • Living: styles of Versailles life
  • Republicanising: in search of a new role
  • Conserving: Versailles, curation and heritage.
Description
vii, 211 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
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