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King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV

Throughout this life Louis XIV became the epitome and exemplar of monarchy, the king all his contemporaries and successors imitated, envied, or fought against. To what extent did Louis have absolute power, or was decision-making in the hands of ministers and mistresses? How much of the extravagance of Versailles was for show, and how far was Louis himself the show? How could such a civilized man commit so many acts of barbarism? How effective was he as a ruler and a general? Did he leave his country stronger or weaker than it was before? In this lecture leading historian Philip Mansel will offer compelling answers to all of these questions. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception where Philip will sign copies of his rencently published book King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV.

 

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Throughout this life Louis XIV became the epitome and exemplar of monarchy, the king all his contemporaries and successors imitated, envied, or fought against. To what extent did Louis have absolute power, or was decision-making in the hands of ministers and mistresses? How much of the extravagance of Versailles was for show, and how far was Louis himself the show? How could such a civilized man commit so many acts of barbarism? How effective was he as a ruler and a general? Did he leave his country stronger or weaker than it was before? In this lecture leading historian Philip Mansel will offer compelling answers to all of these questions. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception where Philip will sign copies of his rencently published book King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV.