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5.0 out of 5 stars Louis' Loves make an excellent read
I found this book to be absolutely rivetting. Antonia Fraser explores in detail the character and influences on Louis XIV and the dicotomy he faced between his religion and his affairs. The pressures from the church, his mother and wife and his mistresses are all explored at great length. She also gives a rounded picture of the three principal mistresses characters and...
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Contents a bit boring, so many women, so many children. Well researched and well written as usual by Antonia Fraser and interesting to hear the way the French court existed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely perfect!, 14 Sep 2013
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It is a totally new book. No signs of use at all. Thank you for the opportunity of buying new books at such prices!
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3.0 out of 5 stars CD good condition, 12 Jun 2013
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Contents a bit boring, so many women, so many children. Well researched and well written as usual by Antonia Fraser and interesting to hear the way the French court existed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for lovers of history., 2 April 2013
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Well researched, it brings to life the times and life of LouisXIV. Antonia Fraser describes life in the French Court with great sensitivity. Well worth reading.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Louis X1V - the women in the life of the Sun King, 11 Oct 2009
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As an avid fan of all Antonia Fraser's books, this one is up to her usual excellent standard. The characters are all so brilliantly portrayed and as usual, I found it hard to put down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars more light on the sun king, 8 Oct 2007
This review is from: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King (Paperback)
I wrote this review for the Hardback edition, and think it fitting to include it here:

Another historical masterpiece from the author of `Mary Queen Of Scots', `Marie Antoinette The Journey' et al.
The book has at its centre the life of Louis XIV and the women who found themselves in his orbit.
Despite the allusions to romantic love in the title, there is a platonic element to the numerous biographies that Fraser intertwines with Louis', such as his mother and daughter-in-law.
The light shone on the Sun King is painted in delicate colours and there is little allusion to `goings on' outside his immediate court, such as the Edict of Nantes (a very significant event of his reign) and the wars with the Dutch and the `Grand Alliance' under Marlborough and Eugene. This is because it is a biography devoted to the emotional - dare we say it - human side of Louis.
One really can find little fault in any of Antonia Fraser's scholarly works, of which this is an elegant and insightful example.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The personal life of the King reflects the politcial life - a better understanding of the Sun King, 30 Aug 2007
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Antonia Fraser is one of the best writers of (popular) history and this book just proves why.

So many books have been written about Louis XIV and it seems nearly impossible to shed a new light on this most famous of all French kings. So it was a very pleasant surprise that Antonia Fraser did this.

She follows the relationships of the Louis XIV with females from birth to death: from the long-for heir to the French throne, boy king at the age of 4 years and 8 months, through the period when the Sun King dominated Europe to the period when France and his king were nearly going down under and the reign ended on a sad notion. Each period had a distinct female symbolizing that very period: Anne of Austria, the King's mother and regent, Maria Theresia, his Queen, Madame de La Valliere and Madame de Montespan, his most famous mistresses and la Marquise de Maintenon, his morganatique wife. Of course, there are more like la Princesse Palatine, the Duchess of Burgundy or the first Duchess of Orleans. It seems that the Sun King did a full circle - Anne of Austria and Madame la Marquise had much in common and might be described as the same kind of personality. It is very much appreciated that Antonia Fraser restores Louis XIV's Queen Consort to her rightful place. The Queen is often neglected as the king did and she was properly the most remote person in terms of personal affection, but her role was vital for his gloire. The Infanta of Spain was the most valuable princess and none other would have done for the King and she was the mother of the rightful heirs to the throne.

Antonia Fraser commands the rare gift of writing in an entertaining manner without becoming shallow or superficial. All in all a book one can only recommend. I enjoyed it immensely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The court of the Sun King, 13 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King (Paperback)
Fraser's account of the Sun King's personal life is an immensely enjoyable read. Not only does the author breathe life into her cast of kings, queens, duchesses, mistresses, clerics and playwrites, she also portrays a beautifully vivid image of the 17th century French court and all its finery, silks and lace-edging. Scarcely had I closed the book before I began to yearn for the gilded opulence of Versailles and its scented orangeries and gardens. This is truly a delight to read, and one I have recommended many times.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Excruciating English!, 6 Mar 2011
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Whatever the merits of this book academically and in terms of research, it is absolutely dreadful to read. There is a complete absence of writing skill - not just lack of elegance and a sense of English idiom, but garbled and tortuous sentences, ambiguities, simple errors of vocabulary, and occasional nonsense. If you are sensitive to language, avoid this book.
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