Louis XIV by Josephine Wilkinson audiobook

Louis XIV: The Power and the Glory

By Josephine Wilkinson
Read by Kate Reading

Blackstone Publishing 9781643130156
16.43 Hours Unabridged
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An intelligent, authoritative, and often surprising biography of the most famous of French monarchs, by an acclaimed biographer and historian This stylish and incisive narrative presents listeners with a fresh perspective on one of the most fascinating kings in European history. 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 semi-divine. His self-identification as the Sun King, which was reflected in iconography by 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 ambiguous, 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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Summary

Summary

An intelligent, authoritative, and often surprising biography of the most famous of French monarchs, by an acclaimed biographer and historian

This stylish and incisive narrative presents listeners with a fresh perspective on one of the most fascinating kings in European history. 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 semi-divine. His self-identification as the Sun King, which was reflected in iconography by 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 ambiguous, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An agreeable and generally admiring biography. She covers war and politics efficiently, but this is very much a personal biography. The king’s ministers receive less attention than his mistresses. Yet Louis was no playboy monarch, as Ms. Wilkinson makes clear.” Wall Street Journal
“A historical account that is both entertaining and informative.” Library Journal
“Wilkinson well describes Louis’s love life, his peripatetic infatuations, and longer-term affairs that made for court intrigues.” Booklist
“Kate Reading’s expressive and energetic narration of this birth-to-death biography of France’s Louis XIV animates a history that is itself refreshingly brisk, factual, and accessible…Reading’s command of French and of proper nouns in other European languages is particularly impressive…[and] her narration of the French-Dutch-English wars is a virtuoso display of linguistic precision and dexterity.” AudioFile
“In this book, the personal overwhelms the political. Wars and diplomatic events are the sideshows to court intrigue.” New York Journal of Books

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Author

Author Bio: Josephine Wilkinson

Author Bio: Josephine Wilkinson

Josephine Wilkinson is the author of numerous biographies published in Great Britain: Anne Boleyn, The Princes in the Tower, Katherine Howard, and Richard III. She received her PhD from the University of Newcastle. She has been scholar-in-residence at St Denial’s Library. She now lives in York, Richard III’s favorite city.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 16.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English