Brother to the Sun King: Philippe, Duke of Orleans Paperback – 1 Dec 1998
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Combines archival research with twentieth-century psychological insights to illuminate a sad life of Philippe d'Orléans... Skillfully portrays Philippe's personality and that of others.(Wilson Library Bulletin)
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In battle he fought with legendary valor . . . At court, dressed in silks and ribbons, he openly favored his male lovers . . . Despised but feared by his brother, he was the perpetual loser in a lifelong sibling rivalry . . . Brother to the Sun King: Philippe, Duke of Orleans.
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The author does a good job with source material and especially the "psychological" background of her characters, such as Philippe and his two wives, Henriette of England and Elizabeth Charlotte of Palatine. The first marriage was a disaster but the second marriage flourished for a long time. Elizabeth Charlotte or Liselotte is given a major part of the biography and her background is presented in a very interesting manner. I would recommend this book highly to anyone interested in French history.