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(Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King.pdf) The self proclaimed Sun King Louis XIV ruled over the most glorious and extravagant court in seventeenth century Europe Now Antonia Fraser goes behind the well known tales of Louis s accomplishments and follies exploring in riveting detail his intimate relationships with women br br The king s mother Anne of Austria had been in a childless marriage for twenty two years before she gave birth to Louis XIV A devout Catholic she instilled in her son a strong sense of piety and fought successfully for his right to absolute power In Louis married his first cousin Marie Th r se in a political arrangement While unfailingly kind to the official Queen of Versailles Louis sought others to satisfy his romantic and sexual desires After a flirtation with his sister in law his first important mistress was Louise de La Valli re who bore him several children before being replaced by the tempestuous and brilliant Ath na s marquise de Montespan Later when Ath na s s reputation was tarnished the king continued to support her publicly until Ath na s left court for a life of repentance Meanwhile her children s governess the intelligent and seemingly puritanical Fran oise de Maintenon had already won the king s affections in a relationship in complete contrast to his physical obsession with Ath na s Louis XIV lived happily with Madame de Maintenon for the rest of his life very probably marrying her in secret When his grandson s child bride the enchanting Adelaide of Savoy came to Versaille she lightened the king s last years until tragedy struck br br With consummate skill Antonia Fraser weaves insights into the nature of women s religious lives as well as such practical matters as contraception into her magnificent sweeping portrait of the king his court and his ladiesDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King books for multiple devices.

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