Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides's Reviews > The Sun King's Garden: Louis XIV, Andre le Notre and the Creation of the Gardens of Versailles

The Sun King's Garden by Ian Thompson
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Fine idea. Not the best implementation; more like a 2.5. Too much politics and Louis XIV, not enough Le Notre; too cerebral, not enough emotion or sense of Versailles as a place, particularly in the second half.

I wonder if Nancy Mitford's biography of Louis XIV (over 40 years old) was really the best source to use. The illustrations were well-selected, though. It was interesting how many of them involved cupids.

Illustrations I particularly liked: (view spoiler)

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