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Versailles : a biography of a palace

Author: Antony Spawforth
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The story of Versailles is one of high historical drama mixed with the high camp and glamour of the European courts, all in an iconic home for the French arts. Spawforth probes the conventional picture of the palace, and gives full weight to the darker side, as well as its changing place in France's national identity since 1789.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Antony Spawforth
ISBN: 9780312357856 0312357850
OCLC Number: 213451442
Description: xii, 304 pages, [8] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Builders of the labyrinth --
"Rome in one palace" --
A gilded cage? --
"How right to insist on ceremony ..." --
Follow the King! --
"All the pleasures" --
Comforts, or lack of them --
Behind closed doors --
A garden with flowers --
"The royal zoo" --
After the deluge.
Responsibility: Tony Spawforth.
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The story of Versailles is one of high historical drama mixed with the high camp and glamour of the European courts, all in an iconic home for the French arts. Spawforth probes the conventional picture of the palace, and gives full weight to the darker side, as well as its changing place in France's national identity since 1789.

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