Louis XIV

Louis XIV

Book - 2001 | Pimlico ed.
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This is not a reassessment of the reign of Louis XIV; those are plentiful enough. This book is in many ways complementary to them, using contemporary quotations to show how the king was seen at the time and presenting him as the inspirer and enabler of creative artists of many kinds. 'It is with this august cortege of immortal genius,' wrote Cardinal Maury, 'that Louis XIV faces the judgement of posterity, backed by all the great men who had reached or retained their positions through his discretion.'Louis XIV also faces the judgement of posterity as the warrior king who first had all Europe at his feet and then faced the long sequence of defeats by the combined brilliance of Marlborough and Eugene. Louis' love of the art of war brought France into humiliation; his love of the arts of peace gave France her position as the cultural centre to which all Europe looked. 'Who could have told,' asked Montesquieu, 'that the king established the greatness of France by building Versailles and Marly?'The literary skill and elegant prose of Ian Dunlop makes this book pleasurable reading - especially, perhaps, for those who have themselves fallen under the spell of Versailles.
Publisher: London : Pimlico, 2001, c1999.
Edition: Pimlico ed.
ISBN: 9780712667098
0712667091
Branch Call Number: 944.033092 Louis -D 3583uc 1
944.033092 Louis -D 3583tc 1
944.033092 Louis -D 3583ml 1
944.033092 Louis -D 3583mc 1
Characteristics: xxi, 487 p. : ill.

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