Item Details

Louis XIV: The Power and the Glory

Josephine Wilkinson
Format
Book
Published
New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
Edition
First Pegasus Book cloth edition
Language
English
Variant Title
Louis the fourteenth
Louis 14th
ISBN
9781643130156 (Cloth), 1643130153 (Cloth)
Summary
A biography by an acclaimed historian and biographer of the most famous of the French monarchs, Louis XIV, presents a fresh perspective on his long and complicated reign.
Louis XIV's story had legendary beginnings, beguiling women, court intrigue, a mysterious prisoner in an iron mask, lavish court entertainments, the scandal of a mistress who was immersed in the dark arts, and a central character who is handsome and romantic, but with a frighteningly dark side to his character. Louis's political philosophy, his wars, and his relationships with courtiers and subjects were influenced by his belief that he was semi-divine. An ambiguous military strategist, Louis was an astute politician who led his country to the heights of sophistication and power-- and then watched it all crumble away. -- adapted from jacket
Contents
  • Prologue
  • A gift from God
  • To educate a living god
  • The Fronde
  • "The anointed of the Lord"
  • Louis in love
  • A royal wedding
  • A new dawn
  • The summer of 1661
  • At Vaux-le-Vicomte
  • The Sun King
  • Le Château de Cartes
  • The pleasures of the Enchanted Isle
  • The dark side of the sun
  • Mars and Athena
  • The Triple Alliance
  • Marriages and intrigues
  • The Dutch war
  • Les femmes
  • The affair of the poisons
  • Mme de Maintenon
  • Versailley
  • The sun reaches its zenith
  • The edict of Fontainebleau
  • The League of Augsburg
  • "Sire, Marly!"
  • The Spanish succession
  • Gathering twilight
  • Le soleil se coucher.
Description
ix, 467 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-409) and index.
Technical Details
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