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Louis XIV.

John S. C. Abbott

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Manœuvres of Anne of Austria.

Anne of Austria, forgetting that the all-dominant passion of love had led her to regret that she was the wife of the king, that she might marry the Duke of Buckingham, did not deem it possible that her son could stoop so low as to marry any one who was not of royal blood. She therefore regarded without [Pg 89]much uneasiness his desperate flirtations, while she was scanning the courts of Europe in search of an alliance which would add to the power and the renown of her son.

Olympia de Mancini.

One of the nieces of Cardinal Mazarin, an Italian girl by the name of Olympia Mancini, was among the first to whom the boy-king of fifteen became specially attached. Olympia was very beautiful, and her personal fascinations were rivaled by her mental brilliance, wit, and tact. She was by nature and education a thorough coquette, amiable and endearing to an unusual degree. She had a sister a little older than herself, who was also . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a well-written biography of King Louis XIV of France. The book opens with a summary of his parents, Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. Louis XIII was a mere teenager at his wedding; Anne just eleven. It was common place for nobles to marry this young during the 1600s, which seems inconceivable

Given that this was written in the 19th century, this book reads extremely well. Its short, punchy chapter structure flows brilliantly, it almost seems like an extended book of anecdotes on Louis XIV. The Sun King is already a fascinating figure to study, and this book makes it easy and enjoyable to

Depois que assisti à série Versailles (Netflix), fiquei curioso para ler algo mais sobre o rei Luis XIV. Por coincidência, como ele também nasci em um 5 de setembro. Esse livrinho me matou a curiosidade, muito bem escrito, entra em detalhes da vida da corte do Rei Sol, seus desmandos,suas amantes, s

Review of the life and reign of Louis XIV. I wanted to learn more about the Sun King. The book lacks documentation, that is a bibliography and extensive footnotes, that would be helpful for deeper learning .

Going in, I did not know much about Louis XIV except that he had a cool nickname and really liked his bling. This was, perhaps, not the best biography to start with. I liked the straightforward chronological approach, following him though his life and how people at the top did (or did not) affect hi

Excellent synopsis