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Louis' Loves make an excellent read
on 21 August 2009
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 what drove them, in their turn, into their respective affairs with Louis XIV together with their own struggles, or lack thereof, with reconciling their affairs with their religion. It is a gripping read and not a dry historical biography. The last section of Louis XIV became a little complicated with all the granddaughters, grandsons, distant relatives and their respective spouses. The sumptuousness of life at court really comes across in this book but it is a sympathetic and balanced study.