The Sun King by Nancy Mitford

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The Sun King is a dazzling double portrait of Louis XIV and Versailles, the opulent court from which he ruled. With characteristic élan, Nancy Mitford reconstructs the daily life of king and courtiers during France’s golden age, offering vivid sketches of the architects, artists, and gardeners responsible for the creation of the most magnificent palace Europe had yet seen. Mitford lays bare the complex and deadly intrigues in the stateroom and the no less high-stakes power struggles in the bedroom. At the center of it all is Louis XIV himself, the demanding, mercurial, but remarkably resilient sovereign who guided France through nearly three quarters of the Grand Siècle.

Brimming with sumptuous detail and delicious bons mots, and written in a witty, conversational style, The Sun King restores a distant glittering century to vibrant life.
 

About Nancy Mitford

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Nancy Mitford (1904–1973) was the eldest of the “Mitford girls,” the sisters who captured the attention of the English public and press with their literary talents and unpopular politics. Nancy Mitford herself was famous for her novels (The Pursuit of Love, The Blessing, and Don’t Tell Alfred), for her forays into social science (a critical study of the English aristocracy), and for her biographies of famous figures from French history (Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire in Love, and The Sun King).
 
Published May 8, 2012 by NYRB Classics. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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The Independent

arts + entsFinally the film giant is allowing women to take major credits.

Oct 23 2011 | Read Full Review of The Sun King

The Bookbag

For whilst Mitford is brilliant at bringing the people to life she gives us – almost accidentally – what is probably still the best pen-picture of the Palace of Versailles.

Mar 10 2013 | Read Full Review of The Sun King

The New York Review of Books

With characteristic élan, Nancy Mitford reconstructs the daily life of king and courtiers during France’s golden age, offering vivid sketches of the architects, artists, and gardeners responsible for the creation of the most magnificent palace Europe had yet seen.

May 08 2012 | Read Full Review of The Sun King

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