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If you need an informant on the inside...,
This review is from: Sun King: Louis XIV at Versailles (Hardcover)
...Look no further. Mitford knew noblesse oblige being, as she was, in the upper class department and it shows throughout this book. Her obvious research and her ability to tell a good story make this a fairly brilliant place to start to get an understanding of Louis Dieudonne.
It is not highly in-depth and lacks details ie. about Anne of Austria, Louis XIII, the wars and policies. However I think for this is Mitford deliberately choosing to stay focused on the man and what he did domestically and socially leaving Philip Erlanger et al to deal with the politics.
The style of the book is textbook. It has a large number of pictures to go with the text and is written simply and to the point. This I'm assuming is the reason my eight year old nephew read and liked it whereas if he had read Erlanger he'd have been bored. And Mitford's Sun King is certainly not boring.