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Audio Connoisseur presents The Sun King: Louis XIV at Versailles audiobook in a downloadable format. This book was written by Nancy Mitford and narrated by Charlton Griffin and Ellen Ezekiel.
This version of The Sun King audiobook is published in an unabridged format. That means that this is complete narration of the written book.
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Kate from Sydney, 2093, Australia said on Goodreads:
A classic biography of Louis XIV by Nancy Mitford, most remarkable for its racy style and personal comments (for Example, she calls The Marquie de Montespan, one of the kingâ€™s mistresses, â€˜a grubby womanâ€™). Beautifully illustrated, but feels a little dated now.
Sharon from Canada said on Goodreads:
A clever take on the life and times of Louis XIV, opulently illustrated.
Eric_W from Forreston, IL said on Goodreads:
Read and enjoyed many, many years ago.
Tammy from Crawfordville, FL said on Goodreads:
B Louix XIV
Princessjay from Arlington, VA said on Goodreads:
Written in an easy, conversational style, and brings 17th Century France and the court of Louis XIV to vivid life.
Wealhtheow from The United States said on Goodreads:
Mitford's gossipy, sarcastic tone invigorates the already fascinating tale of King Louis XIV of France.
Lisa from San Mateo, CA said on Goodreads:
Great history of Louis XIV and of the palace of Versailles. The copy I have has superb color photographs of the chateau.
Janet from Excelsior, MN said on Goodreads:
My daughter the art historian gave me this book. Mitford's chatty and gossipy style makes this easily accessible.
Sarah from Hoboken, NJ said on Goodreads:
This book is a little schizo - interesting history a bit blandly written for Nancy Mitford. And while the copious illustrations are beautiful and informative, they make the book feel too much like a coffee table book...meaning I will never complete the text.
Mary from The United States said on Goodreads:
Great storytelling. detailed gossipy stories. I learned more about the personalities at court than from other previous books. Good descriptions of the various intrigues, the mistrisses, the poison plot, the Spanish throne, Saint-Cyr, William III and his ambassador.
Of all the crowned heads of Europe, there was none to match the dignity, grace, and magnificence of Louis XIV, the greatest king in French history. And there was no other palace to match the glory of Versailles at its zenith.
From the moment of his accession to power in 1660, Louis took firm control of the reins of power, confounding everyone at court and in bureaucratic circles. And when that power was firmly in hand, he began building what author calls "the love of his life", Versailles. From its beginnings as a simple hunting lodge for Louis XIII, Versailles went on to become the epitome of the lavish royal residence, the pride of France and the envy of monarchs everywhere. It was a byword for fashionable elegance, courtly manners, and refined taste. It was also a hotbed of deadly political intrigue and sexual politics.
In this witty and exciting book, you will hear how Louis kept his aristocratic dandies under his control, how he used his mistresses to his advantage, and how he decided whether or not to legitimize his many offspring. Listen as legendary mistresses Madam de Maintenon and Madam de Montespan engage in a duel of hearts to win the king's favor. Find out how the king managed his incredibly complex household of thousands, and how he ruled the most powerful nation on earth from his heavenly residence.
This audiobook also includes a brief prologue by Arthur James Grant, Louis XIV: A Brief Biography.