King of the world : the life of Louis XIV / Philip Mansel.
- Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2020, 
xiii, 604 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
- Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715.
France -- History -- Louis XIV, 1643-1715.
- "Philip Mansel's book is poised to become the new standard English-language biography of Louis XIV, one that takes into account the revolution in the last fifty years in knowledge about every aspect of the king's reign: the army; Catholicism; diplomacy; the arts; music; medicine; homosexuality at his court; the role of women and the publication of the entire correspondence of his second wife, Madame de Maintenon. This is a global biography of a global king, whose power on the French monarchy and state was large but also limited by laws and circumstances, and whose interests and ambitions stretched from the eastern frontiers of his territory, which he enlarged to what is essentially France's shape today, to the territories along the Mississippi and Mekong rivers. Through it all, we watch Louis XIV progressively turning from a dazzling, attractive monarch to a belligerent reactionary who sets France on the path to 1789"-- Provided by publisher.
- Introduction: A Thousand Years of France
The Gift of God
Our Good City of Paris
The Struggle for France
M. le Cardinal
The Power of Queens
Making France Work
The Pursuit of Immortality: The Louvre and Versailles
Fighting the Netherlands
To the Rhine
The King Outdoors
Inside Louis XIV
The Global King: From the Mississippi to the Mekong
The Huguenot Cataclysm
England Changes Sides: The Flights of King James
France against Europe
Spain Changes Sides: The Accession of King Philip
The Triumph of Europe
Towards the Precipice
The Shadow of Versailles.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Local notes:
- Athenaeum copy: Beerman Fund bookplate.
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