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Louis XIV
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  • Published: 1 August 2002
  • ISBN: 9781860460920
  • Imprint: Harvill Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 398
  • RRP: $39.99

Louis XIV


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Louis XIV was the greatest of all French monarchs. Coming to the throne at the age of five, he ruled for 72 years and presided over the finest flourishing of French culture and one of its greatest periods of expansionist and military glory. This biography uses contemporary sources to examine the sort of monarch Louis XIV really was. The book provides an overview of the entire civilization inspired by and reflecting the glory of the Sun King and so, while the character of Louis himself remains in the foreground, artists like Racine, Moliere, Lully and Mansart (the architect of Versailles) share the middle-ground with politicians such as Cardinal Mazarin and courtiers such as the King's mistress, Louise de la Valliere. Vincent Cronin's gracefully written biography of Le Roi Soleil, founded on Cronin's deep knowledge of this period of French history, provides an illuminating portrait of the king and his court.










  • Pub date: 1 August 2002
  • ISBN: 9781860460920
  • Imprint: Harvill Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 398
  • RRP: $39.99

About the Author

Vincent Cronin

Vincent Cronin was educated at Ampleforth College, Harvard University, and Trinity College, Oxford, from which he graduated with honours in 1947. In addition to being a recipient of a W.H. Heinemann Award (1955) and a Rockefeller Foundation Award (1958), Cronin is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His works have been widely translated into European languages. He died in January 2011, aged 86.

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