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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,951 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Antonia Fraser Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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I believe that the histories which will be written about this court after we are all gone will be better and more entertaining than any novel, and I am afraid that those who come after us will not be able to believe them and will think they are just fairytales. Thus wrote Louis XIV's sister-in-law.

Antonia Fraser does indeed entertain us by bringing to life these very fairytales, vividly portraying the vast edifice of Louis XIV's court between the years 1643 and 1715. Brilliantly exploring the rich dynamic that existed between Louis XIV and the many fascinating women who ornamented his personal life, Fraser examines not only Louis' mistresses, but also the wider story of his relationships with women in general.

Fraser portrays the gallantry, from friendship shading to love, the subtle art of courtship, the more frivolous and even dangerous pursuit of flirtation, and the sensual libertinage ending in sex. But if gallantry, or sex, is one theme of this audiobook, then religion is another, and it is in the connection between the two that the fascination of Louis XIV's relationships with his mistresses lies. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/15/2014

    " Really fascinating history of the French court. Full of scandal, world conquest and fountains. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kate O'Mara | 2/10/2014

    " Louis the King, Louis the Lover, you'll enjoy reading about the life of this unforgetable monarch. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aura | 2/5/2014

    " Not her best work. I adore Antonia Fraser and have read her work religiously - I would follow her almost anywhere, but this book is far below her usual high standard and had it been written by anyone else I would not have finished it. Because it was written by her, I kept hoping it would get better, but I'm sorry to report that it didn't. It was in dire need of another editorial read, serious copyediting, and ruthless cutting. This sounds, perhaps, nitpicky and persnickety, but the lack of fluidity of the narrative was so extreme that it actually distracted me from the engaging subject matter. That said, Fraser's ability to bring to life another era in a way that fascinates and enchants the reader doesn't fail her here, so I can't quite bring myself to give it one star. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Meg | 1/14/2014

    " Short review: A+ or 5/5 stars for a wonderful look at the women in Louis XIV (The Sun King)'s life and how they were instrumental in the success of his reign. Such a wonderfully researched book that is both thorough and clear-headed. "

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