Saint-Simon and the Court of Louis XIV
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The Duke of Saint-Simon (1675—1755) was by all accounts, including his own, a sensitive, self-obsessed, ill-tempered man. A courtier and phenomenal chronicler of court life under Louis XIV, he produced the monumental work Memoirs, running to thousands of pages, in which the intrigues, personalities, activities, and gossip of life at Versailles are recorded in acerbic detai...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by University Of Chicago Press
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Lauren Albert
This is an odd duck. I really enjoyed the first two chapters “Hierarchy and Race” and “The Sacred and the Profane.” The craziness of hierarchy at the French court has a certain humorous side. How can one not laugh at the chart Le Roy Ladurie gives of the “System of Seating.” Who could sit at all in the presence of a royal (depending on what level of royalty, of course)? And what could they sit on? Could they sit in an armchair, or only a chair with a back? Or, could they only sit on a stool? Of...more
Sherwood Smith
Ladurie's scholarship derives from the Braudel "quantifier" school of the fifties through seventies. A great deal of excellent stuff has come from these scholars, who combed records and statistics pretty much ignored until the second half of the twentieth century, in favor of yet again another bio of the high ranking people and their politics. Because of them the life of the ordinary person begins to emerge into view, as well as the landscape of the past.

The downside is that this book, which I g...more
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Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie is a French historian whose work is mainly focused upon Languedoc in the ancient regime, particularly the history of the peasantry.

Emmanuel Ladurie is professor at the Collège de France and, since 1973, chair, department of history of modern civilization. He has had a distinguished career, serving as Administrateur Général of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (1987-94);...more
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