Love and Louis XIV centres around the Sun King and his relationships with numerous fascinating women: his 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; Madame de Maintenon, governess to the illegitimate royal children; and of course, Marie Therese, his wife. Also examined are his relations in old age with his daughters, granddaughters, and the wife of his grandson. This audiobook vividly brings to life the vast edifice of Louis XIV's court - the magnificence, artistic splendour, elaborate ritual, and, at times, absurdity and misery.More
"Prolific royal biographer Fraser (Marie Antoinette) has assiduously researched her measured yet engrossing study, shedding welcome light on the galaxy of influential women who orbited the dazzling Sun King." (Publishers Weekly)
"With vivid wit, Fraser demonstrates that within the edifice of the monarchy there were deep crannies of ordinary affection." (The New Yorker)
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