Athenais by Lisa Hilton
The Life of Louis XIV's Mistress, the Real Queen of France

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In her superb new biography, Hilton chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman, known as "the real Queen of France," who reigned as official mistress to Louis XIV during the most glorious period of "the splendid century."
 

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Lisa Hilton is the critically acclaimed author of Queens Consort and Athenais: The Life of Louis XIV's Mistress, the Real Queen of France. She lives in London.
 
Published October 15, 2007 by Little, Brown and Company. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Hilton is rather hard on Louise – she surely can't have been quite so dull as the writer suggests – but it seems clear that once Athenais put her mind – and her body – to it, Louis couldn't but be dazzled, and seduced from his sworn mistress.

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And if all of this is tinted for the modern reader with the knowledge of what comes next – the Revolution and all of that – Hilton has sensibly chosen to avoid that – putting Athenais in her own flawed but glorious time, and letting the future take care of itself.

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(Hilton convincingly acquits Athenais of serious involvement in the case – she might indeed have used love potions on the king, but wild claims of black masses and poisoning attempts don't, she says, hold up to any sort of scrutiny, and can be traced to political machinations behind the investiga...

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