Love and Louis XIV

  • by Antonia Fraser
  • Narrated by Patricia Hodge
  • 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This audiobook centres around the Sun King and his relationship with numerous and fascinating women. Naturally dividing into five parts, it concentrates on the King's mother, Anne of Austria, to whom he was devoted; his first important mistress, Louise de la Valliere, who bore him several illegitimate children; Athenais Marquise de Montespan, who acted as unofficial Queen of Versailles until her involvement in the affair of poisons; Marie Therese, his wife, of course; and Madame de Maintenon, governess to the illegitimate royal children. The fifth part concentrates on his relations in old age with his daughters, granddaughters, and the wife of his grandson.Fraser vividly bring to life the vast edifice of Louis XIV's court - the magnificence, artistic splendour, elaborate ritual, and, in some cases, the absurdity and misery.

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What the Critics Say

"As Pat Hodge reads (superbly!)....Fraser draws the listener into the world of splendour and intrigue, injecting fresh life into the long-dead characters who inhabited it." ( Daily Express)
"This audiobook represents an ideal three-way marriage of subject, author, and reader." (The Scotsman)
"Hodge reads with queenly grace." (The Sunday Times)

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Customer Reviews

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Well worth listening to

I very much enjoyed this book. The narrator was clear and interesting to listen to. I am fascinated by that period of time and, in particular, Versailles so this book was a very enjoyable listen.
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- Mrs U

Cupid was busy!

As expected, from Antonia Fraser, another good book on royalty. Read superbly by Patricia Hodge. It covers, sorry for the pun, King Louis XIV of France's love life and all the women who loved him, from his infancy until his death. I must admit I thought there were a lot more than AF talked about. Good listening, good book what more could you want.
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- Teresa Cooper

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-03-2008
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited