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Louis XIV, Europe and England - with Philip Mansel - CS (The London History...

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Welcome to the 11th annual London History Festival.

Philip Mansel's King of the World is the most comprehensive and up-to-date biography of the hypnotic, flawed figure of Louis XIV. Although often at odds militarily, his magnificent artistic patronage helped unite Europe culturally, through the spread of the French language and fashions, and French-inspired palaces, gardens and dances.

In this talk Philip Mansel will discuss the Sun King’s relationship and attitude to Europe and England.

Louis XIV was in dialogue or conflict with Europe throughout his reign. He favoured European projects such as the restoration of the Stuarts to the thrones of England and Scotland, the election of a French prince to the throne of Poland, or the aggrandizement of Bavaria at the expense of Austria, almost as much as he favoured the expansion of France into the Low Countries and the Rhineland.

Above all he fought to make his grandson Philip V king of Spain. He was usually beaten by the European coalitions which his aggressions, and persecution of Protestants, united against France.

Louis XIV shows that Europe usually has the last laugh, against national states. If he was defeated militarily, however, his magnificent artistic patronage helped unite Europe culturally, through the spread of the French language and fashions, and French-inspired palaces, gardens and dance.

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Come along, enjoy a glass of wine and what promises to be a fantastic treat for all history buffs.




About the speaker:


Dr Philip Mansel is a historian of France and the Ottoman Empire. His books include Louis XVIII (1981), Prince of Europe: the life of Charles-Joseph de Ligne (2003); The Eagle in Splendour: Inside the Court of Napoleon (2015); and, published by Penguin in 2019, King of the World: the Life of Louis XIV.

He is a co-founder of the Society for Court Studies and the Levantine Heritage Foundation, President of the Conseil scientifique of the Centre de recherche du Chateau de Versailles, and in 2012 received the London Library Life in Literature award.




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the best single-volume account of the reign in any language’ - John Adamson, The Sunday Times, 14 July 2019;

superb… wonderfully detailed and fluent… hard to believe that this biography, in the English language at least, will ever be surpassed’ - Hamish Robinson, The Oldie, August 2019).

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