LOVE AND LOUIS XIV

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Love And Louis Xiv

Author : Antonia Fraser
ISBN : 9780297857921
Genre : History
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Mistresses and wives, mothers and daughters - Antonia Fraser brilliantly explores the relationships which existed between The Sun King and the women in his life. This includes not only Louis XIV's mistresses, principally Louise de La Vallière, Athénaïs de Montespan, and the puritanical Madame de Maintenon, but also the wider story of his relationships with women in general, including his mother Anne of Austria, his two sisters-in-law who were Duchesses d'Orléans in succession, Henriette-Anne and Liselotte, his wayward illegitimate daughters, and lastly Adelaide, the beloved child-wife of his grandson.
Category: History

Louis Xiv In Love And In War

Author : Sisley Huddleston
ISBN : 1417900385
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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1929. The story of the Sun King, one of the most powerful rulers in Western history, whose court and reign was riddled with intrigue, passion, jealousy, and political skullduggery. Contents: God-Given; The Red Dawn of a Reign; Revolutionary Rumblings; The Barricades; Coronation; First Love; Kingship; Fouquet and Colbert; Louise de La Valliere; The Dignity of France; La Montespan; Madame Se Meurt...; Passage of the Rhine; War with Holland; Passion, Poison, and Sudden Death; The Summit of Power; The Secret Marriage; The Fatal Revocation; Europe Against the King; An Illustrious Age; The Succession of Spain; and A Sad Sun-setting.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Life Love And Laughter In The Reign Of Louis Xiv

Author : Robert Challes
ISBN : 1846242495
Genre : Fiction
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First published in 1713, Robert Challes Les Illustres Franaises was one of the most widely read novels in eighteenth-century France. In recent times has it been rediscovered and recognized as a masterpiece of French literature.
Category: Fiction

Scenes From The Marriage Of Louis Xiv

Author : Abby E. Zanger
ISBN : 0804729778
Genre : History
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This book radically revises our understanding of the construction of symbolic power in the age of absolutism by examining the fictions that emerge from visual, narrative, and ceremonial representations of (and reactions to) the 1660 marriage of Louis XIV to the Spanish infanta. Drawing on semiotics, the history of theater and spectacle, gender studies, and anthropology, the author reconsiders the nature of representation in absolutist political culture. The book is not intended as a history of the marriage. Rather, the author analyzes in detail exemplary moments or scenes from the royal wedding, in particular uncovering the dialectic at the heart of nuptial fictions. Like the kinship exchange out of which they emerge, fictions of marriage manipulate antagonistic forces in the service of promoting the political culture of absolutism. The nuptial fiction portrays a king who though central, is not yet absolute, and who depends on images and representational forms to become visible. His perceived power relies on appendages such as the queen and forms like print, fireworks, and drama. A calculus of addition, this dependence is invisible from within the models previously used to explore the representation of sovereignty, models based on rituals of substitution like the funeral rite. Though the fictions generated during Louis XIV’s marriage are not the principal ones of his rule, they do affect the portrait of the king and provide insight into the making of an image scholars too frequently take for granted. Studying nuptial fictions invites us to reexamine clichés about the representation of absolutist power, generalizations that do not fully characterize the less monumental (but equally crucial) periods of Louis XIV’s kingship.
Category: History

Character Sketches Of Romance Fiction And The Drama

Author : Ebenezer Cobham Brewer
ISBN : 141021334X
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Originally published in 1892, "the object of this Handbook is to supply readers and speakers with a lucid, but very brief account of such names as are used in allusions and references, whether by poets or prose writers; - to furnish those who consult it with the plot of popular dramas, the story of epic poems, and the outline of well-known tales. The number of dramatic plots sketched out is many hundreds. Another striking and interesting feature of the book is the revelation of the source from which dramatists and romancers have derived their stories, and the strange repetitions of historic incidents. It has been borne in mind throughout that it is not enough to state a fact. It must be stated attractively, and the character described must be drawn characteristically if the reader is to appreciate it, and feel an interest in what he reads." This work, an American reprint of The Reader's Handbook by E. Cobham Brewer, ..".while retaining all of the original material that can interest and aid the English-speaking student, gives also 'characters and sketches found in American novels, poetry and drama.'"
Category: Literary Criticism

Louis Xiv

Author : Ian Dunlop
ISBN : 0712667091
Genre : France
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This is not a reassessment of the reign of Louis XIV; those are plentiful enough. This book is in many ways complementary to them, using contemporary quotations to show how the king was seen at the time and presenting him as the inspirer and enabler of creative artists of many kinds. 'It is with this august cortege of immortal genius,' wrote Cardinal Maury, 'that Louis XIV faces the judgement of posterity, backed by all the great men who had reached or retained their positions through his discretion.'Louis XIV also faces the judgement of posterity as the warrior king who first had all Europe at his feet and then faced the long sequence of defeats by the combined brilliance of Marlborough and Eugene. Louis' love of the art of war brought France into humiliation; his love of the arts of peace gave France her position as the cultural centre to which all Europe looked. 'Who could have told,' asked Montesquieu, 'that the king established the greatness of France by building Versailles and Marly?'The literary skill and elegant prose of Ian Dunlop makes this book pleasurable reading - especially, perhaps, for those who have themselves fallen under the spell of Versailles.
Category: France