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Download The Sun King: Louis XIV at Versailles Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (320 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Mitford Narrator: Charlton Griffin and Ellen Ezekiel Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2004 ISBN:
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Of all the crowned heads of Europe, there was none to match the dignity, grace, and magnificence of Louis XIV, the greatest king in French history. And there was no other palace to match the glory of Versailles at its zenith.

From the moment of his accession to power in 1660, Louis took firm control of the reins of power, confounding everyone at court and in bureaucratic circles. And when that power was firmly in hand, he began building what author Nancy Mitford calls the love of his life, Versailles. From its beginnings as a simple hunting lodge for Louis XIII, Versailles went on to become the epitome of the lavish royal residence, the pride of France and the envy of monarchs everywhere. It was a byword for fashionable elegance, courtly manners, and refined taste. It was also a hotbed of deadly political intrigue and sexual politics.

In this witty and exciting book, you will hear how Louis kept his aristocratic dandies under his control, how he used his mistresses to his advantage, and how he decided whether or not to legitimize his many offspring. Listen as legendary mistresses Madam de Maintenon and Madam de Montespan engage in a duel of hearts to win the king's favor. Find out how the king managed his incredibly complex household of thousands, and how he ruled the most powerful nation on earth from his heavenly residence.

Nancy Mitford has produced a masterpiece of biographical entertainment, certainly one of the most charming, witty, and moving works ever written about Louis XIV and his time.

This audiobook also includes a brief prologue by Arthur James Grant, Louis XIV: A Brief Biography.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Stewart | 1/17/2014

    " A clever take on the life and times of Louis XIV, opulently illustrated. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ritu Vincent | 10/22/2013

    " Fascinating subject, but I'm not a fan of the gossip rag treatment. I would have liked the book better if it told me more about the man and his achievements and less about the lascivious scandals surrounding his court, most of which seemed to be presented here as conjecture anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric_W | 10/1/2013

    " Read and enjoyed many, many years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wealhtheow | 6/18/2013

    " Mitford's gossipy, sarcastic tone invigorates the already fascinating tale of King Louis XIV of France. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 6/15/2013

    " A total gossip fest. And the page about the birth of the dauphin is not to be missed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dianne | 12/18/2012

    " I did not finish this one as I found it rather boring. I also was surprised to find myself uninterested in the subject. It was not for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/4/2012

    " Great history of Louis XIV and of the palace of Versailles. The copy I have has superb color photographs of the chateau. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Princessjay | 8/15/2011

    " Written in an easy, conversational style, and brings 17th Century France and the court of Louis XIV to vivid life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 7/24/2010

    " My daughter the art historian gave me this book. Mitford's chatty and gossipy style makes this easily accessible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/14/2010

    " Great storytelling. detailed gossipy stories. I learned more about the personalities at court than from other previous books. Good descriptions of the various intrigues, the mistrisses, the poison plot, the Spanish throne, Saint-Cyr, William III and his ambassador. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric_W | 11/22/2009

    " Read and enjoyed many, many years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Princessjay | 2/16/2009

    " Written in an easy, conversational style, and brings 17th Century France and the court of Louis XIV to vivid life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wealhtheow | 11/10/2008

    " Mitford's gossipy, sarcastic tone invigorates the already fascinating tale of King Louis XIV of France. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/20/2008

    " Great history of Louis XIV and of the palace of Versailles. The copy I have has superb color photographs of the chateau. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 9/27/2008

    " My daughter the art historian gave me this book. Mitford's chatty and gossipy style makes this easily accessible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/20/2008

    " Great storytelling. detailed gossipy stories. I learned more about the personalities at court than from other previous books. Good descriptions of the various intrigues, the mistrisses, the poison plot, the Spanish throne, Saint-Cyr, William III and his ambassador. "

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