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The Spider King

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Louis XI of France.was forced to struggle against odds that would have broken an ordinary man.Instead he exhibited great and constant personal courage sagacity and a fervent idealism which in this violent era the end of the Middle Ages made him the herald of a new and better era a glorious dawn that would be called the Renaissance.
Mass Market Paperback, 540 pages
Published May 12th 1970 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1954)
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The Spider King is Louis XI of France. I'm a bit behind on book reviews (plus I have books waiting to be read), so I'm cutting this review short. If you want to know more about Louis you can read the Wiki page. This was a fairly interesting read throughout, and despite Louis not being 100% likeable all the time (he could a ruthless you-know-what), I did enjoy getting an inside look at the man and his time, and I really have to respect him for his goals for France and what he was able to accompli ...more
George Scott
History of a great nation wrapped up in a fascinating biography. Intrigue, tactics, technology, romance, alchemy, family struggle. One of this great author's best!
Michael K.
Schoonover was a popular historical novelist in the 1950s but is largely forgotten today, unfortunately. His first novel, The Burnished Blade, set in France in the mid-15th century, was a bestseller. This one shares the same time and place, more or less, but with an entirely different set of characters -- except for the great financier, Jacques Coeur, who was a major figure in the earlier book, and has only a minor supporting role in this one.

The subject is the life of King Louis XI, son of Char
Interesting to see that era from a French point of view.
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Specialized in well researched historical fiction.
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