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The Sun King's garden : Louis XIV, Andre Le Nôtre, and the creation of the gardens of Versailles

Author: Ian H Thompson
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"Warmonger, womaniser and autocrat, Louis XIV, France's self-styled 'Sun King', was also history's most fanatical gardener. At Versailles, twelve miles outside Paris, he created not only Europe's most lavish palace, but the most extensive gardens the Western world has ever seen. The domain of Versailles now covers 1,890 acres (about twice the size of New York's Central Park), but in its heyday under Louis, the Grand  Read more...
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Thompson, Ian H., 1955-
Sun King's garden.
New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006
(OCoLC)665226826
Named Person: André Le Nôtre; Louis, King of France
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ian H Thompson
ISBN: 1582346313 9781582346311
OCLC Number: 68693660
Description: xiii, 370 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Contents: The fateful party --
Born to garden --
The sun rises --
The unpromising site --
Geometry and earthworks --
First plans --
The new Rome --
Divertissements --
Pleasure works --
Zenith --
Total control --
Changes --
Waterworks --
The machine and the aqueduct --
Escape to Marly --
Honorable old age --
Hard times and sunset --
Influence.
Responsibility: Ian Thompson.
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"Warmonger, womaniser and autocrat, Louis XIV, France's self-styled 'Sun King', was also history's most fanatical gardener. At Versailles, twelve miles outside Paris, he created not only Europe's most lavish palace, but the most extensive gardens the Western world has ever seen. The domain of Versailles now covers 1,890 acres (about twice the size of New York's Central Park), but in its heyday under Louis, the Grand Parc covered an astounding 19,800 acres."--BOOK JACKET.

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