The Man Who Outshone The Sun King: Ambition, Triumph and Treachery in the Reign of Louis XIV Paperback – 5 Mar 2009
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"A gripping account of one of the most spectacular - and tragic - careers in French history" (Munro Price)
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I'm afraid I quickly abandoned this book; the writing style was not for me and did not evoke the excitement and intrigue of the protagonist or the era.
Purely a personal response to this book, and I hate giving up so soon. Others may be rewarded for persevering...
It also nicely illustrates how interwoven private finances of ministers and senior civil servants were with state finances. That's why I found it difficult to make a judgement as to whether Louis XIV was right to jail Fouquet (who was undoubtedly extremely corrupt by modern standards) or whether it was just childish jealousy on the part of the King that was Fouquet's undoing. Be that as it may, all in all this is an informative and interesting book.
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found this book very good about a man of power confirming the saying power corrupts, nothing changes in politics, but an interesting life at a turbulent timePublished 24 days ago by Andrew Bennett
What a great book, if you love history then this is a fascinating read.Published 19 months ago by Mrs Veronica H Nolan
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