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King Louis XIV He was born on September 5th, 1638 in the French lap of luxury otherwise known as the


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King Louis XIV He was born on September 5th, 1638 in the French lap of luxury otherwise known as the

30 review for King Louis XIV: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    Another very interesting offering from Hourly History. On this occasion it is about the famous King Louis 14 of France. He was the King who was not only ambitious but took steps to expand his empire as never before only to be matched subsequently by Napoleon. He was the one who took France on the path of absolutism and used marriage as an instrument to win over other countries.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anirudh Parthasarathy

    This is a biography of the French Monarch during much of the 17th Century and early 18th Century, Louis XIV. He is known for being the youngest ever ruler of France, ascending the throne at the age of four (was also in the news recently as to how Emmanuel Macron can’t beat that record). The book started with the premature death of his father, which led to Louis XIV being made the King at the age of four with his mother acting as the regent. It then goes on to talk about the initial turmoil in th This is a biography of the French Monarch during much of the 17th Century and early 18th Century, Louis XIV. He is known for being the youngest ever ruler of France, ascending the throne at the age of four (was also in the news recently as to how Emmanuel Macron can’t beat that record). The book started with the premature death of his father, which led to Louis XIV being made the King at the age of four with his mother acting as the regent. It then goes on to talk about the initial turmoil in the empire, owing to the influence of Cardinal Mazarin and then, moves on to the period where he officially attained the throne after coming of age. His reign was filled with wars, be it the war for gaining control over the Spanish Netherlands and his subsequent conquests during the Spanish war of succession. The book also talks about his abilities as a diplomat as to how he added more to his territory through negotiations and marriages than by conquest. It also talks about the impact his second wife had on his administration owing to her deep Catholic faith. The book covered nearly all aspects of Louis XIV’s life; his personal life, his conquests, his role as a statesman, and the problems of hunger faced in his empire owing to the wars that he waged. Considering the fact that they had to cover a reign of nearly seven decades, it was concise and it fulfilled the objective of imparting history in an hour. The negative aspect of the book is that it attempted to glorify him too much; he took a lot of controversial decisions, such as the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, thereby declaring non-Catholics as outlaws; the extent of turmoil it caused and how France lost some of its top generals and academics was not given sufficient attention. Moreover, some of his conquests were disastrous, such as his attempt to annex the Spanish Netherlands or his subsequent attempt to annex Spain and those wars caused more harm than good. While I felt that the book was informative, I felt that it was highly one sided and there is always more than one side to history; considering that it is from a neutral source, there was no need to go overboard in glorifying every single act of his. I would award the book a rating of two.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Johnny Tyrrell

    Very interesting read I enjoyed this book, the only thing that I was disappointed about was there was mention of the building of Versailles. Probably because that alone is a very long subject and that deserves attention by itself. I finished this book in one sitting. Wasn't very long, but a very good read. Very interesting read I enjoyed this book, the only thing that I was disappointed about was there was mention of the building of Versailles. Probably because that alone is a very long subject and that deserves attention by itself. I finished this book in one sitting. Wasn't very long, but a very good read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Meh It was ok but not great. Quite disappointed, actually. I felt that it focused on his failures and war mongering instead of who he was as a person and monarch. I also was still left with an unanswered question: why was he called The Sun King? Do not recommend this one

  5. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    A Life - Not This should be titled "Wars and Conflicts During the Reign of Louis XIV". There was little about Louis, the man. A Life - Not This should be titled "Wars and Conflicts During the Reign of Louis XIV". There was little about Louis, the man.

  6. 5 out of 5

    12345writemail.com

    Superficial Superficial and with uncorrected typographical mistakes. More like a popular magazine article than a book; and definitely not a scholarly book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Terri Walker

    Waste This book is comparable to the most boring history class you can imagine. Dates and battles dressed up as the life of Louis the 14th.

  8. 5 out of 5

    William Mattox

    Short but informative Enjoyed this short biography of King Louis XIV. Definitely will read other hourly history biographies. Interesting reading in a quick biography.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joan Huehnerhoff

    a very brief and condensed version of King Louis XIV's life. a very brief and condensed version of King Louis XIV's life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    George Luft

    To short to do justice of "The Sun King" To short to do justice of "The Sun King"

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Informative about military engagements and nation conflicts under King Louis XIV, but not much insight into the man himself. One of the most poorly edited editions of Hourly History I've read. Informative about military engagements and nation conflicts under King Louis XIV, but not much insight into the man himself. One of the most poorly edited editions of Hourly History I've read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jean Hall

    I enjoyed reading about Louis XIV, but would have liked to have had more information on him than mostly his wars and battles.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Young Kim

    Unlike our bias towards the man and his country, Louis Bourbon wasn't that horrible a tyrant, and France wasn't always a nation of feminine image that succumbed to invaders without a fight like it did once under Hitler's Nazi invasion. France under its Bourbon monarchy was the champion of Europe and global superpower like the United Kingdom in the 19th to early-20th century and the United States in our time. It is short, yet the book talks enough about the rise of Bourbon-France, reaching her pea Unlike our bias towards the man and his country, Louis Bourbon wasn't that horrible a tyrant, and France wasn't always a nation of feminine image that succumbed to invaders without a fight like it did once under Hitler's Nazi invasion. France under its Bourbon monarchy was the champion of Europe and global superpower like the United Kingdom in the 19th to early-20th century and the United States in our time. It is short, yet the book talks enough about the rise of Bourbon-France, reaching her peak during the reign of one of the most ambitious kings in Human history: Louis XIV le roi soleil (The Sun King, Lewis the Fourteenth: r. 1643-1715). And the book tells the story why the king chose to go for the Absolutism. It's an amusing read. FYI, this book and a couple of other Hourly History books as a series, namely "Pirates: The Golden Age of Piracy" and "James Cook", help the readers see a clear film of the global powershift from Habsburg-Spain, Bourbon-France, Great Britain to the United States through the centuries. Read the full review here

  14. 4 out of 5

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  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul van Loon

  16. 5 out of 5

    edhem

  17. 4 out of 5

    cedric petit

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Frewing

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ally

  20. 5 out of 5

    Janet Russell

    Short but good! Have read many books on the subject of Louis XIV but this is the shortest so far! Subjects only scantily touched on far too quickly glossed over! If you want a more detailed book this is not for you! Having said that this book for all its shortness its very well written!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deidre Florance

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ann

  23. 5 out of 5

    George Polansky

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fredric L.Vaccarella

  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Rego

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elise

  29. 5 out of 5

    uri ben iosef

  30. 5 out of 5

    barbara stewarg

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