Versailles: A Biography of a Palace
The behind-the-scenes story of the world’s most famous palace, painting a picture of the way its residents truly lived and examining the palace’s legacy, from French history through today
The story of Versailles is one of historical drama, under the last three kings of France’s old regime, mixed with the high camp and glamour of the European courts, all in an iconic ho
Starting with Louis XIV's distrust of Paris and his need to feel in control; he not only built a home for himself but transferred the entire government to his palace, never mind the cost to France.
Eventually Versailles became a world unto itself, ignoring Paris and the rest of France. If you wanted to succeed y...more
Spawforth, however, does illustrate in somewhat entertaining detail what court life at the palace was like. He includes detail about etiquette, for instance, when men could put their hats back on, as well as daily life of the...more
“The great advantage of the new device (the toilet) was the absence of smell. A luxurious installation of marble, porcelain, and mahogany, the king’s was kept so clean that Louis XVI once sat down without noticing an enormous angora cat curled up contentedly in the perfumed bowl. When events galvanized the cat into attacking the sovereign from...more
It doesn't even have that many pictures. You'd think that a biography of a palace would have...I don't know...floor plans...it had one...of one area.
The only map of the area was the end papers.
Seriously, people. I don't ask a whole lot, but a map would have been nice.
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