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Love and Louis XIV : the women in the life of the Sun King

Author: Antonia Fraser
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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The self-proclaimed Sun King, Louis XIV ruled over the most glorious and extravagant court in seventeenth-century Europe. Now, Antonia Fraser goes behind the well-known tales of Louis's accomplishments and follies, exploring in detail his intimate relationships with women. The king's mother, Anne of Austria, had been in a childless marriage for 22 years before she gave birth to Louis XIV. A devout Catholic, she  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Fraser, Antonia, 1932-
Love and Louis XIV.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2006
(OCoLC)607909098
Named Person: Louis, King of France; König XIV ) Ludwig (Frankreich
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Antonia Fraser
ISBN: 0385509847 9780385509848
OCLC Number: 70158536
Description: xxviii, 388 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Antonia Fraser.
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The self-proclaimed Sun King, Louis XIV ruled over the most glorious and extravagant court in seventeenth-century Europe. Now, Antonia Fraser goes behind the well-known tales of Louis's accomplishments and follies, exploring in detail his intimate relationships with women. The king's mother, Anne of Austria, had been in a childless marriage for 22 years before she gave birth to Louis XIV. A devout Catholic, she instilled in her son a strong sense of piety and fought successfully for his right to absolute power. In 1660, Louis married his first cousin, Marie-Thérèse, in a political arrangement. While unfailingly kind to the official "Queen of Versailles," Louis sought others to satisfy his romantic and sexual desires. Fraser weaves insights into the nature of women's religious lives--as well as such practical matters as contraception--into her sweeping portrait of the king, his court, and his ladies.--From publisher description.

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