Love and Louis XIV

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Love and Louis XIV

The Women in the Life of the Sun King

By Antonia Fraser

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9781400033744, 389pp.

Publication Date: November 6, 2007


Louis XIV, the highly-feted Sun King, was renowned for his political and cultural influence and for raising France to a new level of prominence in seventeenth-century Europe. And yet, as Antonia Fraser keenly describes, he was equally legendary in the domestic sphere. Indeed, a panoply of women his mother, Anne; mistresses such as Louise de la Valliere, Athenais de Montespan, and the puritanical Madame de Maintenon; and an array of courtesans moved in and out of the court. The highly visible presence of these women raises many questions about their position in both Louis XIV's life and in France at large. With careful research and vivid, engaging prose, Fraser makes the multifaceted life of one of the most famous European monarchs accessible and vibrantly current.

About the Author
Antonia Fraser is the author of numerous novels and historical works including "Marie Antoinette," "The Wives of Henry VIII," "Mary Queen of Scots," and "Faith and Treason." She is also famous for her Jemima Shore series of mysteries. She and her husband, Harold Pinter, live in London.

Praise For Love and Louis XIV

“Excellent...a pleasure to read throughout.” —The Wall Street Journal“Highly readable....with vivid wit, Fraser demonstrates that within the edifice of the monarchy there were deep crannies of ordinary affection.” —The New Yorker“Entertaining and instructive....we must still be grateful to Antonia Fraser for devising so excellent a companion with which to lie back and think of France.” —The New York Times“Engaging...the sumptuously illustrated Love and Louis XIV focuses on the diverse array of women who ‘lit up the court of the Sun King.’” —The Washington Post