Gary Maunder's Reviews > Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King

Love and Louis XIV by Antonia Fraser
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Dec 26, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: history, france

A frustrating book. Interesting details about the wives and mistresses of Louis XIV but the focus is so narrow. Little information on the King himself or the actions he took to warrant being called the Sun King (unless dancing in a Court ballet counts). Did these women contribute anything to the decisions he made or were they merely ornaments. The answer seems to be the latter and that makes the content of the book rather trivial.

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