Arthur and the Kings of Britain

Arthur and the Kings of Britain

Richard II

Richard II

Louis XIV

The Real King of Versailles

Publication Date15th March 2019

Book FormatHardback

pages360

Illustrations15

Height234

Width156

A major new biography of France's most famous king, the longest-reigning monarch in European history, by acclaimed biographer Josephine Wilkinson.
RRP: £20.00 Online Price £18.00
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ISBN
9781445691732

Intelligent, authoritative, and often surprising, a biography of the most famous of French monarchs, by an acclaimed biographer and historian.


Louis XIV’s story has all the ingredients of a Dumas classic: legendary beginnings, beguiling women, court intrigue, a mysterious prisoner in an iron mask, lavish court entertainments, the scandal of a mistress who was immersed in the dark arts, and a central character who is handsome and romantic, but with a frighteningly dark side to his character.


Louis believed himself to be semidivine. His self-identification as the Sun King, which was reflected in iconography of the sun god, Apollo, influenced every aspect of Louis’s life: his political philosophy, his wars, and his relationships with courtiers and subjects.


As a military strategist, Louis’s capacity was debatable, but he was an astute politician who led his country to the heights of sophistication and power – and then had the misfortune to live long enough to see it all crumble away. As the sun began to set upon this most glorious of reigns, it brought a gathering darkness filled with the anguish of dead heirs, threatened borders, and a populace that was dangerously dependent upon – but greatly distanced from – its king.

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