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Love and Louis XIV

Love and Louis XIV

(2006)
The Women in the Life of the Sun King
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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.

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 1660, Louis married his first cousin, Marie-Thérèse, 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 Vallière, who bore him several children before being replaced by the tempestuous and brilliant Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan. Later, when Athénaïs's reputation was tarnished, the king continued to support her publicly as Athénaïs left court for a life of repentance. Meanwhile her children's governess, the intelligent and seemingly puritanical Françoise de Maintenon, had already won the king's affections; in a relationship in complete contrast to his physical obsession with Athénaïs, 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.

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 ladies.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Antonia Fraser
ISBN: 0-385-50984-7 / 978-0-385-50984-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
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October 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Antonia Fraser
ISBN: 0-385-66062-6 / 978-0-385-66062-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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August 2006 : UK Hardback
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Lady Antonia Fraser
ISBN: 0-297-82997-1 / 978-0-297-82997-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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Paperback Editions

November 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Antonia Fraser
ISBN: 1-4000-3374-8 / 978-1-4000-3374-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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November 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Antonia Fraser
ISBN: 0-385-66063-4 / 978-0-385-66063-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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January 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Lady Antonia Fraser
ISBN: 0-7538-2293-8 / 978-0-7538-2293-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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July 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Lady Antonia Fraser
ISBN: 0-297-82998-X / 978-0-297-82998-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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Audio Editions

June 2008 : UK Audio CD
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the LIfe of the Sun King (unabridged audio book)
Author(s): Antonia Fraser, narrated by Julia Franklin
ISBN: 1-4074-6038-2 / 978-1-4074-6038-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books
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March 2008 : USA Audio edition
Title: Love and Louis XIV
Author(s): Antonia Fraser
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
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March 2008 : UK Audio edition
Title: Love and Louis XIV
Author(s): Antonia Fraser
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
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October 2006 : USA Audio CD
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Antonia Fraser
ISBN: 0-7393-3957-5 / 978-0-7393-3957-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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October 2006 : USA Audio edition
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Antonia Fraser
Publisher: Books on Tape
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October 2006 : USA Audio edition
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Antonia Fraser
Publisher: Random House Audio
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October 2006 : USA Audio CD
Title: Love and Louis XIV (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Antonia Fraser
ISBN: 1-4159-3289-1 / 978-1-4159-3289-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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August 2006 : UK Audio CD
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Lady Antonia Fraser
ISBN: 0-7528-7514-0 / 978-0-7528-7514-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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2006 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Love and Louis XIV. The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Antonia Fraser
ISBN: 1-84632-972-8 / 978-1-84632-972-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clipper Audio
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Kindle Editions

June 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Antonia Fraser
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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December 2008 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Antonia Fraser
Publisher: Anchor
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September 2008 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author(s): Antonia Fraser
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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