King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV

Philip Mansel

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Due to be published: 02-09-2021

Pre-order - This Paperback / softback title is not yet published, due 02-09-2021

£14.99

Gift Wrapping – our gift wrapping option will be back soon

Have your books hand wrapped in our bespoke tissue paper with our kite sticker to tie it all together.

Description

Winner of the Franco-British Society Book Prize 2019Louis XIV dominated his age. He extended France’s frontiers into Netherlands and Germany, and established colonies overseas. The stupendous palace he built at Versailles became the envy of monarchs all over Europe. In his palaces, Louis encouraged dancing, hunting, music and gambling. He loved conversation, especially with women: the power of women in Louis’s life and reign is a particular theme of this book. Louis was obsessed by the details of government but the cost of building palaces and waging continuous wars devastated the country’s finances and helped set it on the path to revolution. Nevertheless, by his death, he had helped make his grandson king of Spain, where his descendants still reign, and France had taken essentially the shape it has today.King of the World is the most comprehensive and up-to-date biography of this hypnotic, flawed figure in English. It draws on all the latest research to paint a convincing and compelling portrait of a man who, three hundred years after his death, still epitomises the idea of le grand monarque.

Additional information

Dimensions 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 640