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The Splendid Century: Life in the France of Louis XIV (1953)
by W. H. Lewis
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0881339210, Paperback)Pleasures and palaces are, of course, an enormously entertaining part of this vivid account of France under Louis XIV. More important is the author's exploration of the political, economic, social and artistic forces that developed during the long reign of the Sun-King. It was an age of contradictions and compromises and high taxes and formal manners. And to the day he died Louis XIV ate with his fingers and acted like God. The opening account of Louis XIV's private life and loves sets the pace for this witty, provocative account of a century that, like our own, was a time of transition, dissatisfaction and progress. This was the age of Moliere, Racine, Corneille...the age of the salons and the graceful correspondents. And also an age that sent thousands of Huguenots to the galleys, the notorious death ships that served as seventeenth-century concentration camps.
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Presents an account of France under the rule of Louis XIV, discussing aspects of the Sun-King's private life and loves, and exploring the politics, economics, art, and society of the age.
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