Before Versailles

Before Versailles

A Novel of Louis XIV

Book - 2011
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Louis XIV is one of the best-known monarchs ever to grace the French throne. But what was he like as a young man--the man before Versailles?
After the death of his prime minister, Cardinal Mazarin, twenty-two-year-old Louis steps into governing France. He's still a young man, but one who, as king, willfully takes everything he can get--including his brother's wife. As the love affair between Louis and Princess Henriette burns, it sets the kingdom on the road toward unmistakable scandal and conflict with the Vatican. Every woman wants him. He must face what he is willing to sacrifice for love.

But there are other problems lurking outside the chateau of Fontainebleau: a boy in an iron mask has been seen in the woods, and the king's finance minister, Nicolas Fouquet, has proven to be more powerful than Louis ever thought--a man who could make a great ally or become a dangerous foe . . .

Meticulously researched and vividly brought to life by the gorgeous prose of Karleen Koen, Before Versailles dares to explore the forces that shaped an iconic king and determined the fate of an empire.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307716576
Branch Call Number: KOEN
Characteristics: xii, 460 p


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Sep 13, 2017

This very much felt like I was watching the show Versailles but only in reading form. There is certainly a very Dumas-like feel to the story, most likely because it is a French story and takes place in the 1600's. There isn't really all that too much action adventure involved but it still was a pleasant read and kept me nicely engaged.

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