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Mistress of the Sun

by Sandra Gulland

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AMAZING ( )
  TheInvernessie | Nov 26, 2013 |
Rather tedious account of Louise as a young woman who eventually becomes Louis's consort and mother of several
L of his children. ( )
  MaggieFlo | Sep 18, 2012 |
Life of the mistress of Louis XiV ( )
  latorreliliana | Aug 1, 2011 |
Mistress of the Sun is the story of Louise de la Valliere known to be Louis XIV first official mistress. The book follows her life from about age six through to her death at 65. She was an unusual women living in extraordinary times. She came to the attention of Louis by way of her horsemanship and hunting skills. He eventually took her on his hunting trips where she would dress like a man and fit in with his closest circle of male friends.

She was a woman of many contradictions. On the one hand riding and hunting, but on the other prone to attacks of weakness and illness. She broke her ankle in childhood and it wasn’t set properly so she walked with a slight limp all her life, yet she loved to dance and was considered to be extremely light on her feet. A convent trained, religious women, who felt extreme guilt at her relationship with Louis, yet she appeared to truly love him and the children they had together.

I absolutely loved this book and was very caught up in the day-to-day workings of the French monarch’s life, his court, the scandals, the relationships and all the superstitions, treachery and ceremony that a kings life entails. The author maintains a great balance between historical details and a highly entertaining story. This is the kind of book that makes you feel like curling up and losing yourself in it’s rich, gossipy style. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Sep 9, 2010 |
I loved this fiction created around Louise de Vailliere. I little too much of the White Horse knocked this back from a 4.5/5, but I really enjoyed the characters. ( )
  nellista | Jul 2, 2010 |
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I am blind
from staring too long at the sun
—from "Hall of Mirrors" by Jane Urquhart
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With longing for my celestial family—
grandmother May,
cousin Linda,
and now, sadly, my mother, Sharon

I wanted you three, more than anyone, to read this.
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A Romany woman in a crimson gown flashes by, standing on the back of a cantering horse.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 074329887X, Hardcover)

The author of the internationally acclaimed Josephine Bonaparte trilogy returns with another irresistible historical novel, this one based on the life of Louise de la Vallière, who, against all odds, became one of the most mysterious consorts of France's Louis XIV, the charismatic Sun King.

Set against the magnificent decadence of the seventeenth-century French court, Mistress of the Sun begins when an eccentric young Louise falls in love with a wild white stallion and uses ancient magic to tame him. This one desperate action of her youth shadows her throughout her life, changing it in ways she could never imagine.

Unmarriageable, and too poor to join a convent, Louise enters the court of the Sun King, where the king is captivated by her. As their love unfolds, Louise bears Louis four children, is made a duchess, and reigns unrivaled as his official mistress until dangerous intrigue threatens her position at court and in Louis's heart.

A riveting love story with a captivating mystery at its heart, Mistress of the Sun illuminates both the power of true and perfect love and the rash actions we take to capture and tame it.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:39:27 -0400)

An eccentric young woman's love for a wild white stallion tempts her into using an ancient magic that overshadows her subsequent life and leads to her affair with the charismatic Louis XIV.

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