'No one is better qualified than Philip Mansel to describe the gyrations of the French court from monarchy through empire and back to empire.' The Sunday Times
'Mr Mansel is a thoroughly diligent scholar … and his research does much to further the current revival of sympathy for Louis XVI.' The Irish Times
Far from destroying the Royal Court, the French Revolution resulted in a stronger monarchy and a larger, more elitist series of courts. Philip Mansel's delightful study of the royal court describes how this came to be.