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on 13 January 2014
Written 50 years ago this year, this biography of Louis XIV must still rank as one of the best books written about the Grand Siècle.
It is peppered with characters that peopled my French upbringing and teased my imagination from the primary school onwards like the politicians Mazarin and Colbert, the military Condé, Turenne, Vauban, Villars, the writers La Fontaine, Molière, Perrault, the women Louise De La Vallière, Athénais De Montespan, Madame De Maintenon...and Versailles of course.
Cronin succeeds in bringing to life one of the most fascinating kings of France, 72 years on the throne !
This book is a joy to read: scholarly, moving, engaging, vivid and above all extremely readable. This is narrative story at its most enthralling; it reads more like lively fiction than dry recounting of historical events.
Though some readers may find this portrait of the king as over sympathetic, this brilliantly researched book is still in my eyes a biography of the first order.
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on 31 August 2016
ok thanks
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on 25 November 2008
This biography of the Sun King uses contemporary sources to examine what sort of monarch Louis XIV really was. The author's researches reveal a portrait of the man and an account of the principal events of his long reign (1642-1715). The book provides an overview of the entire civilization inspired by and reflecting the glory of the Sun King. Thus, while Louis occupies the foreground, artists like Racine, Moliere, Lully and Mansart, the architect of Versailles, share the middleground with politicians such as Cardinal Mazarin and Nicolas Fouquet and courtiers such as the king's mistress, Louise de La Valliere.
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on 2 December 2016
A very informative read - author captures the life of Louis XIV in a very easy to read chronicle
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on 18 September 2016
Good read
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on 28 August 2016
very good
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on 14 October 2016
perfect!
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on 16 March 2012
This is a great book, I read it first in the 70's and it is still as good.

The condition of the copy I received was supposed to be good, I would not have liked to see and average condition one.
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on 27 February 2015
As described. Thanks!
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