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Louis XIV

The Power and the Glory
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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An intelligent, authoritative, and often surprising biography of the most famous of French monarchs, by an acclaimed biographer and historian

This stylish and incisive narrative presents listeners with a fresh perspective on one of the most fascinating kings in European history. Louis XIV's story has all the ingredients of a Dumas classic: legendary beginnings, beguiling women, court intrigue, a mysterious prisoner in an iron mask, lavish court entertainments, the scandal of a mistress who was immersed in the dark arts, and a central character who is handsome and romantic, but with a frighteningly dark side to his character. 

Louis believed himself to be semi-divine. His self-identification as the Sun King, which was reflected in iconography by the sun god, Apollo, influenced every aspect of Louis's life: his political philosophy, his wars, and his relationships with courtiers and subjects. 

As a military strategist, Louis' capacity was ambiguous, but he was an astute politician who led his country to the heights of sophistication and power - and then had the misfortune to live long enough to see it all crumble away. As the sun began to set upon this most glorious of reigns, it brought a gathering darkness filled with the anguish of dead heirs, threatened borders, and a populace that was dangerously dependent upon - but greatly distanced from - its king.

©2019 Josephine Wilkinson (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Ok

It seemed a lot more like it focused on who he was sleeping with, who other people were sleeping with and what they were wearing from day to day. To be fair, I only got half way in and skipped to the Spanish Succession, which was nothing more than a glossing over.

The narrator did well, but hearing "June six" or "May five" gets old fast.

Many better biographies to get. Don't waste your time.

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this book ignores the turmoil in Louie's life

being that Louis brother Philippe was a homosexual who had a militaristic lover who influenced the kingdom deeply was totally ignored causes me to Define this book as a lightly intimate portrait of Louie's life. Unsatisfying and hard to listen to after a while. Very boring. Considering everything that went on in his 72 years as king of France. I do not recommend this book