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Louis XIV the Real Sun King

Author : Jules Harper
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Innovator. Tyrant. Consummate showman. Passionate lover of women.After the death of King Louis XIII in 1643, the French crown went to his first-born son and heir, four-year old Louis XIV. In the extraordinary seventy-two years that followed, Louis le Grand - Frances self-styled Sun King - ruled France and its people, leaving his unique and permanent mark on history and shaping fashion, art, culture and architecture like none other before. This frank and concise book gives the reader a personal glimpse into the Sun Kings life and times as we follow his rise in power and influence: from a miraculous royal birth no one ever expected to the rise of king as absolute monarch, through the evolution of the glittering Chteau de Versailles, scandals and poison, four wars and many more mistresses right up to his final days.Absolute monarch. Appointed by God.This is Louis XIV, the man. We will uncover his glorious and not-so-glorious obsessions. His debilitating health issues. His drive and passions. And we will dispel some myths, plus reveal the people in his intimate circle working behind the scenes on the Louis propaganda machine to ensure his legacy stayed in the history books forever.This easy-to-read narrative is accompanied by a plethora of little-known artworks, so if youre a Louis XIV fan or student, or just eager to know more about France's most famous king, we invite you to delve into court life of 17th century French aristocracy, the period known as Le Grand Sicle The Grand Century.

A Fanfare for the Sun King

Author : Pamela Cowen
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This illustrated volume, published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Fan Museum, Greenwich, gathers together a group of over 40 fans and fan leaves dating from the reign of Louis XIV. These fans and fan leaves are presented within five thematic chapters, which together present a unique insight into the social, cultural and political life of the Court of Louis XIV, much of it centred on the Gardens of Versailles and the role played by the fans in presenting and promoting all aspects of Louis' reign. The author identifies many of the sources of the designs and motifs of the fans, and shows how the design and decoration of these fans was integrally linked with wider stylistic developments within the decorative arts.

In the Garden of the Sun King

Author : Robert W. Berger
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Sunspots and the Sun King

Author : Ellen M. McClure
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Exploring the contradictions inherent in attempting to reconcile the logical and mystical aspects of divine right monarchy, this book analyzes definitions of sovereignty, presents Louis XIV's memoirs, and offers analysis of diplomats and ambassadors as the mediators who preserved and transmitted the king's authority.

The Hand of the Sun King

Author : J.T. Greathouse
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'A great coming of age story about a foolish boy who seeks to unravel the secrets of magic and maybe do something good in the process. I absolutely loved it' Nick Martell My name is Wen Alder. My name is Foolish Cur. All my life, I have been torn between two legacies: that of my father, whose roots trace back to the right hand of the Emperor. That of my mother's family, who reject the oppressive Empire and embrace the resistance. I can choose between them - between protecting my family, or protecting my people - or I can search out a better path . . . a magical path, filled with secrets, unbound by empire or resistance, which could shake my world to its very foundation. But my search for freedom will entangle me in a war between the gods themselves . . . The first book in the Pact and Pattern series. Fans of Robin Hobb, Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn and R.F. Kuang's The Poppy War will love the magic running through every page. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 'An original fantasy filled with magic and culture, the story of a character torn between two names, two loyalties, and two definitions of good and evil' Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author

The Sun King

Author : Nancy Mitford
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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY STELLA TILLYARD During his reign Louis XIV was the most powerful king in Europe. He presided over a golden age of military and artistic achievement in France, and deployed his charm and talents for spin and intrigue to hold his court and country within his absolute control. The Sun King's universe centred on Versailles, a glittering palace from where Louis conducted his government and complex love affairs. Nancy Mitford describes the daily life of this splendid court in sumptuous detail, recreating the past in vivid colour.

Memoirs of a Dwarf at the Sun King s Court

Author : Paul Weidner
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Set in the over-scaled, decadent Versailles of Louis XIV, Memoirs of a Dwarf is the story of Hugues, an impoverished dwarf who maneuvers his way up into the very highest of court circles by clandestinely serving the needs of a mob of unscrupulous gamblers, of a priest notorious for saying black Masses at midnight, and—from under the gaming tables—of a number of sex-starved society women, including Louis's mistress. Along the way, Hugues finally discovers the truth of his own identity, a revelation which is a political bombshell and which subjects him to a grisly turn. The story combines historical events and characters—Louis, his mistresses, his outrageous brother Philippe, and many other baroque personalities—with fictitious ones. Hugues’s tale reaches its climax during the famous affaire des poisons, the sexual and political scandal that thundered through the royal court and threatened wholesale destruction.

The Sun King Conspiracy

Author : Yves Jégo
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A tale of religious brotherhoods, corruption, romantic intrigue and political scheming at the court of Louis XIV. 1661 is a year of destiny for France and its young King, Louis XIV. Cardinal Mazarin, the Chief Minister who has governed throughout the King's early years, lies dying. As a fierce power struggle develops to succeed him, a religious brotherhood, guardian of a centuries-old secret, also sees its chance to influence events. Gabriel de Pontbriand, an aspiring actor employed as secretary to Molière, becomes unwittingly involved when documents stolen from Mazarin's palace fall into his hands. The coded papers will alter Gabriel's life for ever, and their explosive contents have the power to change the course of history for France and the Sun King himself.

The Sun King and His Loves

Author : Lucy Norton
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Secrets of a Sun King

Author : Emma Carroll
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It's November, 1922. In a valley in Egypt the tomb of a long dead pharaoh is about to be discovered. The world watches and waits for news with bated breath. Thirteen-year-old Lilian Kaye, who lives in a flat above a shop in London, is eagerly following the story. One morning the news takes a sinister turn: a man- a famous Egyptologist- disappears. All that remains of him are his feet. Then Lil's grandfather is taken suddenly ill, and when a mysterious package turns up for him from the Egyptologist, Lil starts to believe there is truth to the rumours of a pharaoh's curse.

Sun King

Author : David Lee Rubin
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This work is a selection of papers presented at the Folger Institute by an international collegium of scholars on the ascendancy of French culture during the reign of Louis XIV.

Medals of the Sun King

Author : Mark Jones
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The Sun King Prophecy

Author : Jim Packheiser
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Two disparate worlds must work together if one is to survive. For millennia, humans have gone about their daily lives, blissfully unaware of the centuries-old conflict on another plane of existence. But these two places, these two peoples share a common thread, one that binds them together through the primeval prophecy of the Sun King. The lands of exotic Somnium have long been ravaged by war. For a blood-and conflict-filled century, two ancient armies have battled with no end in sight. The evil black hordes of the Shadow Elves have waged a constant campaign of death and destruction upon the Sun Elves. For over a hundred years, the forces of good have gone without the sweet taste of victory. The last, best hope for the Sun Elves lives on only in the promise of a thousand-year-old prophecy of a savior from another race, one that has long been absent from the ravaged lands of Somnium: humanity. In Auburn, California, a young man and his uncle are busy working on a project in the yard when their lives change dramatically. There, Brendan and Will discover a mysterious rock formation and the journey that awaits inside takes them further away from any known reality than their imaginations could possibly conceive. Could this young man or his uncle really be the fulfillment of the Sun King prophecy?

The Sun King Louis XIV of France

Author : Alfred Apsler
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The Sun King s Atlantic

Author : Jutta Wimmler
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In The Sun King’s Atlantic, Jutta Wimmler reveals the many surprising ways in which Africa and America channeled cultural developments in France, exploring their impact on material culture, theatre, science and religion.

Brother to the Sun King Philippe Duke of Orl ans

Author : Nancy Nichols Barker
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Profiles the fascinating life of Philippe, Duke of Orleans, drawing on the family archives and personality theory in an attempt to explain his cravings for lands and riches, his heroism in battle, and his homosexual preferences

The Siamese Embassy to the Sun King

Author : Pān (Čhaophrayā)
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Account of envoy sent by Nārāi, King of Siam, 1632-1688, to court of Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715, in 1686; hitherto unpublished, probably based on lost French translation.

The Sun King s Garden

Author : Ian Thompson
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Presents an illustrated account of the creation of one of the world's most dazzling and extensive gardens, the gardens at the palace of Versailles, noting the unique four-decade friendship between Louis XIV, the creator of the garden, and Andre Le Ntre, the gardener.

Louis XIV Outside In

Author : Tony Claydon
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Louis XIV - the ’Sun King’ - casts a long shadow over the history of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe. Yet while he has been the subject of numerous works, much of the scholarship remains firmly rooted within national frameworks and traditions. Thus in France Louis is still chiefly remembered for the splendid baroque culture his reign ushered in, and his political achievements in wielding together a strong centralised French state; whereas in England, the Netherlands and other protestant states, his memory is that of an aggressive military tyrant and persecutor of non-Catholics. In order to try to break free of such parochial strictures, this volume builds upon the approach of scholars such as Ragnhild Hatton who have attempted to situate Louis’ legacy within broader, pan-European context. But where Hatton focused primarily on geo-political themes, Louis XIV Outside In introduces current interests in cultural history, integrating aspects of artistic, literary and musical themes. In particular it examines the formulation and use of images of Louis XIV abroad, concentrating on Louis' neighbours in north west Europe. This broad geographical coverage demonstrates how images of Louis XIV were moulded by the polemical needs of people far from Versailles, and distorted from any French originals by the particular political and cultural circumstances of diverse nations. Because the French regime’s ability to control the public image of its leader was very limited, the collection highlights how - at least in the sphere of public presentation - his power was frequently denied, subverted, or appropriated to very different purposes, questioning the limits of his absolutism which has also been such a feature of recent work.

The Sun King s Garden

Author : Ian H. Thompson
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Presents the story of the creation of one of the most dazzling and extensive gardens - the gardens of Versailles. This book also features the friendship between Louis XIV, the creator of the garden, and Andre Le Notre, the gardener.