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Louis XIV Volume 1 : The Sun King

  • • French fiction
  • • Publication date : September 24, 2007
  • • 400 pages
  • • Size : 153 x 240 mm
  • • Price : 21,90 euros
  • • ISBN : 9782845632400
  • • En cadeau un magnifique album illustré, La Grandeur du Roi-Soleil
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Translated into 4 languages
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    The untold story of the king Louis The Great

    Max Gallo employs his talent to take us back to Louis XIV’s side, into his thoughts, to show us his humanity. He tells us all about the future king’s tor­mented child­hood, shel­tered by so many per­son­al­i­ties (Anne of Austria, Cardinal Mazarin, and Colbert), from the appren­tice­ship of his future role to the impa­tience to grow up and take full power. The author tells us his story as an adult, about his rela­tion­ships with women (Marie Theresa, Mademoiselle de La Valliere, Marie Mancini, Madame de Montespan). He was just as capable of folding before them as he was of pouring out his sor­rows in secret. This first volume takes us alongside the Sun King on his road to glory part of it bril­liantly staged by Max Gallo… A great suc­cess.

    Max Gallo talks about Louis XIV: “He is the Sun King. Louis XIV. Louis the Great. He is a head above all the courtiers that sur­round him, bending at the knees, full of flat­tery. Women try their best to attract him. His legs, set off by silk stock­ings, are the hand­somest in the kingdom, they whisper. He climbs on stage, adorned like a god. He dances the Royal Ballet of the Night. He is the Sun, master of the order of the world. What is the life of a man who since his ear­liest days is His Majesty the King of France? I wanted to write an inti­mate account of the life of the Sun King.”

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