Easton Press, Norwalk CT. 1995 Philippe Erlanger "Louis XIV: A Royal Life" Translated from the French by Stephen Cox. Forward by Gail Bossenga. A collector's Limited Edition. Bound in full genuine leather. Attractive green boards with gold embossing. No dust jacket as issued. All page edges gilt. Very Fine without any flaws. 412 pp.
- The Library of Great Lives
- Original collector's notes
- A note about Gail Bossenga, who introduces Louis XIV
Louis XIV (5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who reigned as King of France from 1643 until his death in 1715. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country in European history. In the age of absolutism in Europe, Louis XIV's France was a leader in the growing centralization of power.
About the book
Acclaimed author Philippe Erlanger, winner of the Grand Prix d'Histoire de l'Academie Fran'aise, presents an intimately detailed portrait of France's most powerful and flamboyant ruler. With a novelist's elegant language and psychological insight, Erlanger portrays the Sun King through the decades, showing the crucial effect of a childhood filled with neglect and humiliation, and vividly depicting the King's spectacular style of leadership. "A brilliant, subtle portrait."--Le Monde. "The best work of history written in France for a century." --Le Figaro
About the author
Philippe Erlanger was born in Paris in 1903. He was a founder of the Cannes Film Festival and worked for a time for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He received several literary prizes, including the Grand Prix d'Histoire de l'Academie Francaise.