The Sun King's Garden

Author: Ian Thompson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1582346313

Category: Gardening

Page: 392

View: 8986

Presents an illustrated account of the creation of one of the world's most dazzling and extensive gardens, the gardens at the palace of Versailles, noting the unique four-decade friendship between Louis XIV, the creator of the garden, and Andre Le Ntre, the gardener.

A Fanfare for the Sun King

Author: Pamela Cowen

Publisher: Third Millennium Information Ltd

ISBN: 9781903942208

Category: Art

Page: 224

View: 2271

This illustrated volume, published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Fan Museum, Greenwich, gathers together a group of over 40 fans and fan leaves dating from the reign of Louis XIV. These fans and fan leaves are presented within five thematic chapters, which together present a unique insight into the social, cultural and political life of the Court of Louis XIV, much of it centred on the Gardens of Versailles and the role played by the fans in presenting and promoting all aspects of Louis' reign. The author identifies many of the sources of the designs and motifs of the fans, and shows how the design and decoration of these fans was integrally linked with wider stylistic developments within the decorative arts.

The Sun King

Author: Nancy Mitford

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448103487

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 3638

This gossipy account of Louis XIV is a clear and fascinating historical biography from Nancy Mitford. WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY STELLA TILLYARD During his reign Louis XIV was the most powerful king in Europe. He presided over a golden age of military and artistic achievement in France, and deployed his charm and talents for spin and intrigue to hold his court and country within his absolute control. The Sun King's universe centred on Versailles, a glittering palace from where Louis conducted his government and complex love affairs. Nancy Mitford describes the daily life of this splendid court in sumptuous detail, recreating the past in vivid colour.

Der Westfälische Friede

Author: Heinz Duchhardt,Eva Ortlieb

Publisher: Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag


Category: Europe

Page: 912

View: 2612

Im Herbst 1996 fand in Munster die zentrale deutsche Konferenz zur wissenschaftlichen Aufarbeitung des Westfalischen Friedens statt, dessen Abschluss sich zum 350. Mal jahrt. Der Kongress, auf dem annahernd funfzig ausgewiesene Fachleute aus uber einem Dutzend Staaten referierten, wird in der vorliegenden Publikation dokumentiert, mit der ein sakulares Ereignis der europaischen Geschichte in umfassender Weise erhellt und neue Forschungsfelder erschlossen werden. Das wissenschaftliche Gewicht des Tagungsbandes wird durch seinen interdisziplinaren Charakter noch erhoh

Sunspots and the Sun King

Author: Ellen M. McClure

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252030567

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 1162

"Ellen M. McClure is an associate professor of French at the University of Illinois at Chicago."--BOOK JACKET.

The Sun King's Atlantic

Author: Jutta Wimmler

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004336087

Category: History

Page: 243

View: 4182

In The Sun King’s Atlantic, Jutta Wimmler reveals the many surprising ways in which Africa and America channeled cultural developments in France, exploring their impact on material culture, theatre, science and religion.

The Sun King at Sea

Author: Meredith Martin,Gillian Weiss

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 1606067303

Category: Art

Page: 258

View: 5133

This richly illustrated volume, the first devoted to maritime art and galley slavery in early modern France, shows how royal propagandists used the image and labor of enslaved Muslims to glorify Louis XIV. Mediterranean maritime art and the forced labor on which it depended were fundamental to the politics and propaganda of France’s King Louis XIV (r. 1643–1715). Yet most studies of French art in this period focus on Paris and Versailles, overlooking the presence or portrayal of galley slaves on the kingdom’s coasts. By examining a wide range of artistic productions—ship design, artillery sculpture, medals, paintings, and prints—Meredith Martin and Gillian Weiss uncover a vital aspect of royal representation and unsettle a standard picture of art and power in early modern France. With an abundant selection of startling images, many never before published, The Sun King at Sea emphasizes the role of esclaves turcs (enslaved Turks)—rowers who were captured or purchased from Islamic lands—in building and decorating ships and other art objects that circulated on land and by sea to glorify the Crown. Challenging the notion that human bondage vanished from continental France, this cross-disciplinary volume invites a reassessment of servitude as a visible condition, mode of representation, and symbol of sovereignty during Louis XIV’s reign.

In the Sun King's Paris with Molière

Author: Renzo Rossi

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761443322

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 52

View: 6948

In "Come See My City," readers travel through time and space to tour some of the worlds most famous cities during important historical periods, such as the Renaissance in Florence and the Golden Age of Athens

Memoirs of a Dwarf at the Sun King's Court

Author: Paul Weidner

Publisher: Terrace Books

ISBN: 9780299205102

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 5613

Set in the over-scaled, decadent Versailles of Louis XIV, Memoirs of a Dwarf is the story of Hugues, an impoverished dwarf who maneuvers his way up into the very highest of court circles by clandestinely serving the needs of a mob of unscrupulous gamblers, of a priest notorious for saying black Masses at midnight, and—from under the gaming tables—of a number of sex-starved society women, including Louis's mistress. Along the way, Hugues finally discovers the truth of his own identity, a revelation which is a political bombshell and which subjects him to a grisly turn. The story combines historical events and characters—Louis, his mistresses, his outrageous brother Philippe, and many other baroque personalities—with fictitious ones. Hugues’s tale reaches its climax during the famous affaire des poisons, the sexual and political scandal that thundered through the royal court and threatened wholesale destruction.