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Louis XIV and the French Monarchy [Hardcover]

Andrew Lossky
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Placing Louis XIV in the context of his times, the author (retired history, UCLA) attempts no psychological analysis of the king and includes no discussion of the social history of the period. Admitting that standard political and diplomatic history is his forte, Lossky instead details the domestic, international, and religious policies of the Sun King, demonstrating that there indeed was an evolution and transformation of his political ideas over the course of his long life. The early chapters of this book should prove valuable to those interested in a general understanding of the period. The author's primary focus, however, is on the mounting tension between Rome and Versailles and on the overall failure of Louis's policies to establish Catholic uniformity in France. Specialists in French history will welcome this comprehensive, readable, and well-written political biography.

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  • Hardcover: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813520819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813520810
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,331,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Lossky, LOUIS XIV AND THE FRENCH MONRCHY 11 Mar 2012
This is a superb and magisterial book, a triumph of a lifetime of research, discussion and reflection. No other comprehensive study of the life and achievement of Louis XIV is so sophisticated overall, so balanced in judging Louis and his family & colleagues,, so successful in placing the king in all relevant cultural, political & geographical contexts, and so elegantly readable.
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