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A Woman's Life in the Court of the Sun King: Letters of Liselotte Von Der Pfalz, Elisabeth Charlotte, Duchesse D' Orléans, 1652-1722

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On 16 November 1671, Liselotte von der Pfalz, the nineteen-year-old daughter of the Elector of Palatine, was married to Philippe d'Orleans, "Monsieur, " the only brother of Louis XIV. The marriage was not to be a happy one. Liselotte (known in France as Elisabeth Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans, or "Madame") was full of intellectual energy and moral rigor. Homesick for her n ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 16th 1997 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published January 1st 1984)
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Sherwood Smith
The single problem I have with this collection of the delightful Liselotte's letters is that it is too short. I wish they were all here. Pungent, funny, poignant, insightful, blind (often willfully, but she knew it), and utterly human, she takes a German's eye to the French court, and sees past the glam to the real people. And so funny at times I cracked up.

I've seen Liselotte's letters referred to in various books about the life at Versailles, and I've always wanted to get the German editions,
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Jane Bigelow
Feb 03, 2016 Jane Bigelow rated it really liked it
What a wonderful look at royal life in the ancien regime. In spite of the considerable frustrations of her life, the Duchesse managed to preserve a strong sense of humor. She was an acute observer of the people around her. In spite of the fact that she knew her letters were often opened and read before they reached their recipient, she writes what she thinks--or if she censors herself, she does it in a way that shows exactly why and what she thinks of the spies.

Mary
Oct 18, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it
This was very enjoyable to read. The woman's personality is great. She has love for the French royal family and misses Germany. She is astute, funny, and self-deprecating. I also enjoyed her sense of humor.
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Love this book!

Although it has been a long time since I read this, I remember greatly enjoying the book and finding it to be very interesting.
Black Sandra
Mar 21, 2008 Black Sandra rated it it was amazing
This book will give you a wonderful insight in the lives of royalty. Anyone who loves history will enjoy this book. It is one of my favorites.
Beverly Lance
Oct 29, 2012 Beverly Lance rated it it was amazing
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Extraordinary life lived in difficult circumstances!! Beautiful,touching Christian testimony all the way through!
Elizabeth
Aug 07, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Her letters were HILARIOUS! She cracks me up!
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Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate, Duchess of Orléans, a/k/a Liselotte von der Pfalz, was a German princess and the wife of Philippe de France, younger brother of Louis XIV of France. Her vast correspondence provides a detailed account of the personalities and activities at the court of her brother-in-law, Louis XIV.
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