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Louis XIV: The Other Side of the Sun - Prince Michael of Greece

Orbis, 1983, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little wrinkled at the edges. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. Genealocial tables to the lining papers. First British Edition. [First Published: in French by Les Editions Olivier Orban, 1979] From the cover: “Louis XIV, whose great prestige earned him the title of ‘the Sun King’, is the most famous of all the French kings. He ruled France in one of its most glorious periods, and remains to this day the supreme symbol of absolute monarchy. Now, in a brilliant new biography, Prince Michael of Greece has revealed a darker side to the Sun King. Drawing on detailed evidence from contemporary records, letters and memoirs, he explored the possibility that, underneath it all, this epitome of kingship was a shy, weak, unstable man of unexpected and intriguing complexity. Prince Michael assesses the continued and enduring influence of Cardinal Mazarin and Louis’ mother, Anne of Austria, on the little boy who came to the throne at the age of five but who learnt early on to hide his profound insecurity behind the ever more elaborate trappings of monarchy.
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 447
ISBN: 0856135143
Translator: Alan Sheridan

£8.50