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R of the Spanish Succession wherein he tried to put his grandson on the Spanish throne and ventually Philip V did reign and marrying his grandchildren by his mistresses to his grandchildren by his wife CreeeepyThere was a real lack of uotes or letters in this book After reading the whole thing I had as little understanding of Louis s character as at the start The women do not shine through ither I was confused by the many titles and the incredibly similar names Marie Jeanne Marie Anne Anne Marieugh a situation made worse when a character would be named on pg 100 and Then Reappear With No reappear with no on pg 300 Overall a frustrating book about
a fascinating period A detailed look at the reign of Louis XIV and the various women in his life fascinating period A detailed look at the reign of Louis XIV and the various women in his life list begins with his mother Anne of Austria who acted as regent when Louis assumed the throne at age four and then nds with his last mistress Madame de Maintenon In between we get details of his first love a couple other maitresses Claim The Crown en titres his wife daughters and in laws My favorite of the bunch was Mary Beatrice d Este who was the wife of thexiled King James II When the king had to leave his country he took his wife and daughter to the French court where they lived under Louis s protection for several years Mary Beatrice apparently was very intelligent in addition to being beautiful and she and Louis were very close Fraser doesn t think they Nerds ever slept together I vote doubtful but their relationship was still very interestingInformation aboutach of the women is pretty In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, evenly distributed but Fraser spends the most time with Maintenon makes sense since they were together the longest Fraser thinks they actually got married in secret after Louis s wife died but I m still not convinced Fraser svidence is basically they were around Bark each other all the time so you know why not and also once Maintenon was painted wearing royalrmine And I have to point out this book is all things considered kind of dull If you re a history nerd like me this won t bother you but still For On Such a Full Sea every interesting story Fraser gives us dirty details people That s what we want there are pages of boring politics Yes Louis was involved in lots of wars but let s try and keep the book s title in mind Fraser As Louis himself once said Whores over wars bro Whores over wars citation needed I don t know that I am totally unbiased in my review of this book as just from a glance it held many of my favorite things history courtly drama France clever women in high places gorgeous color photo sections and Antonia Fraser I read her Marie Antoinette The Journey at the beginning of 2016 and wasxtremely impressed and I found my reaction to be the same here I was thoroughly Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! entertained throughout In my post Versailles TV series hangover I wanted to read this to get a sense of the historical reality behind the fiction sadly though this is not Fraser at her best The narrative feels unfocused in comparison with her Mary ueen of Scots and The Gunpowder Plot and that seems to be because she changed the remit of the book mid way She originally planned to write about Louis mistresses then widened it to also cover his relationships with other women his mother Anne of Austria Busty young princess Marie Ad la de set tongues and codpieces wagging today as she made her first appearance in court looking dressed to kill in a daring figure hugging gown The saucy Savoyarde 34 20 34 after corset was presented to future hubby the Dauphin but onlookers said her Alpine attributes also had the King giving her the royal once over Official courtiers were unavailable for comment but sources close to Versailles told us She may only be 11 but that s hardly likely to stop Louis Frankly if we didn t keep a steady supply of hos round here I honestly worry he d start humping the furniture House of Bourbon said another House of Whore bon like This book isssentially a Louis uatorzian tabloidThe problem I had with it was that it felt a bit too light to be valuable history but at the same time not uite salacious Cannibal enough to benjoyed as just good gossip Antonia Fraser s approach is to tell the story of Louis XIV s reign through the women that were close to him from his mother Anne of Austria through his wifes and mistresses down to his beloved granddaughter in law Adelaide but although it does contain uite a few fascinating anecdotes overall I felt I didn t finish the book much Mastered (The Enforcers, enlightened than before I startedIt does drive home to you uite how much Louis for want of a better word slutted it up at court The very fact that there was a semi official position for his ma tressen titre complete with suite of royal apartments kind of amazes me what on Man, Son of Man earth did the ueen think of it One of many fundamental uestions that this book doesn t really address They all lived inach other s pockets so nothing can have been a secret ye. Him several illegitimate children; Athenais Maruise de Montespan who acted as unofficial ueen of Versailles until her involvement in the affair of poisons and of course Marie Therese his wife; and Madame de Maintenon governess to the illegitimate royal children The fift. Antonia Fraser is known for her impeccable research and ability to bring history to life Love and Louis XIV is no different I thoroughly njoyed this ability to bring history to life Love and Louis XIV is no different I thoroughly njoyed this of the women who influenced the Sun King and recommend it Louis XIV and the women in his life I had xpected this book to be interesting and ntertaining but I found it chaotic and at times boring The subject matter is simply too broad Fraser doesn t only look at relationships between Louis and his wife and mistresses but also his mother daughters and in laws It would have been better *to focus on only a few women and really xplore those relationships thoroughlyThis * focus on only a few women and really xplore those relationships thoroughlyThis the second book by Antonia
FRASER THAT I VE READ AND BOTH WERE RATHER that I ve read and both were rather I have no intention to read a third As someone who loves his daughters and can t bear the thought of being away from them for very long it blows my mind how for hundreds of years the royalty of Europe sent their girls off to marry crowned douche bags in foreign countries fully knowing that they would almost certainly never see them again They were ostensibly doing this to Unseen City ensure peace with marriage alliances but IT ALMOST NEVER WORKED In fact as Love and Louis XIV shows these marriages were at least as likely to bring war as they were to bring peace becausevery time country A would send a princess to country B they would Art essentially be giving country B a claim to the throne of country A It was an insane stupid and cruel way to conduct foreign policyI don t like Louis XIV From the very first time I learned about the way he ran his court I realized here s a man I wouldn t want to have to talk to at a neighborhood barbecue But his constant self aggrandizing wars were worse The thought of this pompous garbage golem in silk tights bringing his wife and mistresses along with him to live in splendor on campaign while he spread death and misery all over Europe with his armies the financing of which caused a great deal of misery back in France makes me want to push the man down the stairsOne of France s best kings Henri IV hadnded the wars of religion in France almost a century God Is in the Crowd earlier with the Edict of Nantes and Louis XIV threw this document out the window so he could persecute the Huguenots spreading miseryAnd then there was his massive hypocrisy in matters of sex and religion which is the focus of this particular book Women were important to Louis not just as wives and mistresses but as friends In Love and Louis XIV Antonia Fraser one of our best writers of popular history brings the soap opera that was Louis s court to life She makes sense of the relationships untangles the intrigue and tells the story with sympathy for its characters The result is a very good book There were plenty of parts of this book to like As a history buff i always like when the author includes information on what life was like in the period of the historical figure clothing food religion hygienetc Some of the passages here were fun and informative to readHowever some parts just read like a seedy tabloid with sensationalist writing which I feel detracts from what could be a very Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard educational and informative biography that offers a intimate glimpse into the life of the Sun King and his court Thexcesses of the court would continue on into the next century burdening Louis s successors with debt and a shitty reputation for the nobility and clergy it s hardly a wonder the French Revolution was so harsh on people of sa Lady Antonia Fraser is an accomplished historian her Tudor books have The Matriarchs (The Family enthralled me for years I chose her to introduce me to the French court sadly a disappointment This book is focused on King Louis XIV and the women he loved in his life It begins well with a focus on Louis XIV s mother and regent Anne of Austria Anne was a pious andffective ruler and she left her son with a profound belief in the Catholic Church Partly through her influence Louis abandoned his love affair with Marie Mancini and married the Spanish Infanta Marie Therese After a short period of romance their marriage was stable if loveless Louis was in love with Louise de La Valliere a young woman as passionately in love with God as she was with Louis They had several illegitimate children together before Louis s attention passed on to the far glamorous Francoise Athenais de Rochechouart de Mortemart Athenais was dazzling in beauty and wit and reigned Versailles for about ten years After a short affair with the beautiful but dim Angeliue de Fontanges who died bearing his child Louis moved on to his illegitimate children s governess Francoise de Maintenon She was three years older than he with no connections wealth or reputation and yet Louis was true to her until his death In fact it is rud that after the death of his ueen he married her in a secret morganatic ceremony Whatever the case Louis s remaining years were spent in the Wa. The book centres around the Sun King and his relationship with numerous and fascinating women Naturally dividing into five parts it will concentrate on the King's mother Anne of Austria to whom he was devoted; his first important mistress Louise de la Valliere who bore.
Summary Love and Louis XIV The Women in the Life of the Sun KingT the fiction had to be maintained The ueen on one occasion
Actually Walked Right Pastwalked right past room where Louise La Valli re was going into labour with Louis s love child Are you all right the ueen asked seeing this girl clearly in some pain Louise panicking called back Colic Madame an attack of colic My favourite mistress was Fran oise Ath na s aka Madame de Montespan the only one who seems to be Notes for the Everlost enjoying herself she had a famously sparkling line in conversation and also Fraser seems weirdly shocked by this liked sex a whole lot She s described as having long blonde hair a pouting mouth andyes that were huge
Blue And Very Slightly ExophthalmicAnd Very Slightly Exophthalmic very slightly When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) exophthalmic of which makes me think casting directors should be calling up Amanda SeyfriedAth na s happened to be married already her husband despite being advised that if your wife s cheating on you with the king you should probably just keep uiet kicked up a huge fuss about it andnded up getting No Biggy! exiled from court Back on hisstate he pulled down the gates to his ch teau telling veryone loudly that his cuckold s horns were now too big to fit through them Classy way to handle itDominating the latter parts of the book is Fran oise d Aubign Madame de Maintenon who was older than Louis and clearly of an motional support for him than a sexual fling Indeed she didn t really want to be a mistress as such preferring the role of religious advisor and loyal friend but as Fraser puts it she decided that a best friend s duty to Louis XIV did unfortunately include sleeping with him in order to prevent other frivolous less religiously focused people doing it without her own pure motives Louis probably married her in secret after his first ueen diedPerhaps my favourite character at court was not a mistress at all but Louis s sister in law a German princess known as Liselotte She was rather overweight and hated almost Attracting Birds to Your Backyard everyonespecially the royal bastards whom she referred to cheerfully as the mouse droppings in the pepper While all around her were consumed with Deep Listening etiuette and courtesy she was scribbling happily during a particularly nasty cold that she probably looked like a shat on carrot ornjoying impromptu farting competitions with her immediate family the winner could make a noise like a flute I shall look like a shat on carrot Occasionally I uestioned Antonia Fraser s methods She has an admirable desire to make her story readable and compelling but sometimes she takes liberties to get the job done Consider this passageLouise flung herself trembling on the ground before him Only then did his glacial reception she had defied his Bird-by-Bird Gardening explicit orders to stay at Versailles convince her of her terrible mistake How much inuietude you might have spared me had you been as tepid in the first days of our acuaintance as you have seemed for some time past You gave mevidence of a great passion I was The Works of Saint Augustine enchanted and I abandoned myself to loving you to distraction The poignant words were those of a young woman in the celebrated best seller of the time Letters of a Portuguese Nun They might have been spoken word for word by LouiseWha You can t do that You can t just borrow lines from a novel and say Wow historical figures might well have said something a bit similar at least not without a lot of care and signposting This is not coolIf I look out of my kitchen window I can see the building where Louis XIV was born now an overpriced hotel My daughter plays in thenormous gardens of what was once the royal ch teau of Saint Germain n Laye So this is a place and period I am particularly interested in and this book does give you a few clues as to the interesting mixture of sexuality reined in by religious fervour that prevailed at the Sun King s court But in the final analysis I find myself craving something a bit detailed and criticaltl dr Phwoar what a scorcher Did you know that Louis the XIV used to be given an nema on a regular basis Or that no matter one s suffering they we re bled from their arms or their legs Now that is some horror stuff right there I can only appreciate the age I m living in with all its advances in medicineThis book is than just a look at the women in the Sun King s life It contains references to his military My Teacher Is a Robot expeditions and the life uality of the common folk I find Louis a very self centered man he had been raised to be as such and I like him less than before reading this book I think Antonia Fraser wanted to paint him as a not so cruel selfish person but that s what I understood while reading Love and Louis XIV The Women in the Life of the Sun King All hever did he did it for he s Supper Club ego with little thought to those who actually formed the country theveryday man or woman who found sustenance harder while his army was playing at warI think I better understand why the people hated the nobility with Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) each passing year and why the French revolution came to pass. H part concentrates on his relations in old age with his daughters granddaughters and the wife of his grandson It will vividly bring to life the vastdifice of Louis XIV's court the magnificence artistic splendour laborate ritual and in some cases absurdity and misery.