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Ia Fraser is an accomplished historian her Tudor books have nthralled me for years I chose her to introduce me to the French court sadly a disappointment This book is focused on King Louis XIV and the women he loved in his life It begins well with a focus on Louis XIV s mother and regent Anne of Austria Anne was a pious and ffective ruler and she left her son with a profound belief in the Catholic Church Partly through her influence Louis abandoned his love affair with Marie Mancini and married the Spanish Infanta Marie Therese After a short period of romance their marriage was stable if loveless Louis was in love with Louise de La Valliere a young woman as passionately in love with God as she was with Louis They had several illegitimate children together before Louis s attention passed on to the far glamorous Francoise Athenais de Rochechouart de Mortemart Athenais was dazzling in beauty and wit and reigned Versailles for about ten years After a short affair with the beautiful but dim Angeliue de Fontanges who died bearing his child Louis moved on to his illegitimate children s governess Francoise de Maintenon She was three years older than he with no connections wealth or reputation and yet Louis was true to her until his death In fact it is rud that after the death of his ueen he married her in a secret morganatic ceremony Whatever the case Louis s remaining years were spent in the War of the Spanish Succession wherein he tried to put his grandson on the Spanish throne and ventually Philip V did reign and marrying his grandchildren by his mistresses to his grandchildren by his wife CreeeepyThere was a real lack of uotes or letters in this book After reading the whole thing I had as little understanding of Louis s character as at the start The women do not shine through Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, either I was confused by the many titles and the incredibly similar names Marie Jeanne Marie Anne Anne Marieugh a situation made worse when a character would be named on pg 100 and then reappear with noxplanation on pg 300 Overall a frustrating book about a fascinating period A detailed look at the reign of Louis XIV and the various women in his life The list begins with his mother Anne of Austria who acted as regent when Louis assumed the throne at age four and then A Fairly Honourable Defeat ends with his last mistress Madame de Maintenon In between we get details of his first love a couple other maitressesn titres his wife daughters and in laws My favorite of the bunch was Mary Beatrice d Este who was the wife of the xiled King James II When the king had to leave his country he took his wife and daughter to the French court where they lived under Louis s protection for several years Mary Beatrice apparently was very intelligent in addition to being beautiful and she and Louis were very close Fraser doesn t think they ver slept together I vote doubtful but their relationship was still very interestingInformation about Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue each of the women is prettyvenly distributed but Fraser spends the most time with Maintenon makes sense since they were together the longest Fraser thinks they actually got married in secret after Louis s wife died but I m still not convinced Fraser s The Man Without a Face evidence is basically they were aroundach other all the time so you know why not and also once Maintenon was painted wearing royal rmine And I have to point out this book is all things considered kind of dull If you re a history nerd like me this won t bother you but still For very interesting Him several illegitimate children; Athenais Maruise de Montespan who acted as unofficial ueen of Versailles until her involvement in the affair of poisons and of course Marie Therese his wife; and Madame de Maintenon governess to the illegitimate royal children The fift.
Antonia Fraser is known for her impeccable research and ability to bring history to life Love and Louis XIV is no different I thoroughly Gone (Gone, enjoyed this review of the women who influenced the Sun King and recommend it Louis XIV and the women in his life I hadxpected this book to be interesting and Threads Of The Shroud entertaining but I found it chaotic and at times boring The subject matter is simply too broad Fraser doesn t only look at relationships between Louis and his wife and mistresses but also his mother daughters and in laws It would have been better to focus on only a few women and reallyxplore those relationships thoroughlyThis is the second book by Antonia Fraser that I ve read and both were rather disappointing I have no intention to read a third As someone who loves his daughters and can t bear the thought of being away from them for very long it blows my mind how for hundreds of years the royalty of Europe sent their girls off to marry crowned douche bags in foreign countries fully knowing that they would almost certainly never see them again They were ostensibly doing this to All Seated on the Ground ensure peace with marriage alliances but IT ALMOST NEVER WORKED In fact as Love and Louis XIV shows these marriages were at least as likely to bring war as they were to bring peace becausevery time country A would send a princess to country B they would Untitled. essentially be giving country B a claim to the throne of country A It was an insane stupid and cruel way to conduct foreign policyI don t like Louis XIV From the very first time I learned about the way he ran his court I realized here s a man I wouldn t want to have to talk to at a neighborhood barbecue But his constant self aggrandizing wars were worse The thought of this pompous garbage golem in silk tights bringing his wife and mistresses along with him to live in splendor on campaign while he spread death and misery all over Europe with his armies the financing of which caused a great deal of misery back in France makes me want to push the man down the stairsOne of France s best kings Henri IV hadnded the wars of religion in France almost a century Wiring earlier with the Edict of Nantes and Louis XIV threw this document out the window so he could persecute the Huguenots spreading miseryAnd then there was his massive hypocrisy in matters of sex and religion which is the focus of this particular book Women were important to Louis not just as wives and mistresses but as friends In Love and Louis XIV Antonia Fraser one of our best writers of popular history brings the soap opera that was Louis s court to life She makes sense of the relationships untangles the intrigue and tells the story with sympathy for its characters The result is a very good book There were plenty of parts of this book to like As a history buff i always like when the author includes information on what life was like in the period of the historical figure clothing food religion hygienetc Some of the passages here were fun and informative to readHowever some parts just read like a seedy tabloid with sensationalist writing which I feel detracts from what could be a very Against All Odds educational and informative biography that offers a intimate glimpse into the life of the Sun King and his court Thexcesses of the court would continue on into the next century burdening Louis s successors with debt and a shitty reputation for the nobility and clergy it s hardly a wonder the French Revolution was so harsh on people of said castes Lady Anton. The book centres around the Sun King and his relationship with numerous and fascinating women Naturally dividing into five parts it will concentrate on the King's mother Anne of Austria to whom he was devoted; his first important mistress Louise de la Valliere who bore.
Tory Fraser gives us dirty details people That s what we want there are pages of boring politics Yes Louis was involved in lots of wars but let s try and keep the book s title in mind Fraser As Louis himself once said Whores over wars bro Whores over wars citation needed I don t know that I am totally unbiased in my review of this book as just from a glance it held many of my favorite things history courtly drama France clever women in high places gorgeous color photo sections and Antonia Fraser I read her Marie Antoinette The Journey at the beginning of 2016 and was Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage extremely impressed and I found my reaction to be the same here I was thoroughlyntertained throughout In my post Versailles TV series hangover I wanted to read this to get a sense of the historical reality behind the fiction sadly though this is not Fraser at her best The narrative feels unfocused in comparison with her Mary ueen of Scots and The Gunpowder Plot and that seems to be because she changed the remit of the book mid way She originally planned to write about Louis mistresses then widened it to also cover his relationships with other women his mother Anne of Austria his daughters the wife of his grandson The result is a book which feels messy in its organisation and skimpy in its details The first two sections that take us from Louis birth to the death of his wife Marie Therese are the most pulled together the latter two sections that take in his later crisis of conscience and move away from the gallant image of the virile playboy Sun King are less coherent Ultimately Fraser seems to want to say something about the position of a certain class of women during Louis reign but the narrative itself is organised around his life and the two imperatives seem to be at odds with The DOS each otherThis is interesting andntertaining Against All Odds enough butnds up being a somewhat mixed and chaotic Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism enterprise Busty young princess Marie Ad la de set tongues and codpieces wagging today as she made her first appearance in court looking dressed to kill in a daring figure hugging gown The saucy Savoyarde 34 20 34 after corset was presented to future hubby the Dauphin but onlookers said her Alpine attributes also had the King giving her the royal once over Official courtiers were unavailable for comment but sources close to Versailles told us She may only be 11 but that s hardly likely to stop Louis Frankly if we didn t keep a steady supply of hos ro Did you know that Louis the XIV used to be given annema on a regular basis Or that no matter one s suffering they we re bled from their arms or their legs Now that is some horror stuff right there I can only appreciate the age I m living in with all its advances in medicineThis book is than just a look at the women in the Sun King s life It contains references to his military Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils expeditions and the life uality of the common folk I find Louis a very self centered man he had been raised to be as such and I like him less than before reading this book I think Antonia Fraser wanted to paint him as a not so cruel selfish person but that s what I understood while reading Love and Louis XIV The Women in the Life of the Sun King All hever did he did it for he s Payment Due ego with little thought to those who actually formed the country theveryday man or woman who found sustenance harder while his army was playing at warI think I better understand why the people hated the nobility with Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, each passing year and why the French revolution came to pas. H part concentrates on his relations in old age with his daughters granddaughters and the wife of his grandson It will vividly bring to life the vastdifice of Louis XIV's court the magnificence artistic splendour laborate ritual and in some cases absurdity and misery.
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Harold Pinter who died on Christmas Eve 2008 She lives in London