• History

Louis XIV, France and Europe, 1661-1715


Author: Richard Wilkinson
Publisher: Hodder Education
ISBN: 9780340846889
Category: History
Page: 152
View: 3560
This second edition charts the reign of Louis XIV and assesses the extent to which he personified absolutism. Drawing upon recent historical research, the author examines historians' views on how far Louis' powers were limited and whether the only respect in which he was 'great' was in the realm of presentation and propaganda. The lively text also examines Louis' religious and foreign policies, and his personality and private life.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Louis XIV


Author: Peter Robert Campbell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317901495
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 184
View: 1717
`The Sun King has always been over-exposed -- a habit he started himself. Here is the student's antidote to boredom. Campbell has produced the best short guide available and a vigorous synthesis of the latest research, complete with extensive bibliography, unfamiliar documents and vital glossary. Fresh material abounds and a misconception is demolished on every page. There is no sign here of reheating old recipes.' History Review

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

A/AS Level History for AQA The Sun King: Louis XIV, France and Europe, 1643–1715 Student Book


Author: David Hickman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107571774
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 192
View: 7338
A new series of bespoke, full-coverage resources developed for the AQA 2015 A/AS Level History. Written for the AQA A/AS Level History specifications for first teaching from 2015, this print Student Book covers The Sun King: Louis XIV, France and Europe, 1643-1715 Depth component. Completely matched to the new AQA specification, this full-colour Student Book provides valuable background information to contextualise the period of study. Supporting students in developing their critical thinking, research and written communication skills, it also encourages them to make links between different time periods, topics and historical themes.

    • History

Louis XIV


Author: Richard Wilkinson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 135166347X
Category: History
Page: 280
View: 2795
Louis XIV ruled France for more than half a century and is typically remembered for his absolutism, his patronage of the arts and his lavish lifestyle – culminating in the building of Versailles. This original and lively biography focuses on Louis’s personal life while keeping the needs of the history student at the forefront, featuring analysis of Louis’s wider significance in history and the surrounding historiography. This book balances the undeniable cultural achievements of the reign against the realities of Louis’s egotism and argues that, when viewed critically, Louis’s rule (1643–1715) personified the disadvantages of absolute monarchy, and inexorably led to social and political blunders, resulting in the suffering of millions. Richard Wilkinson demonstrates that while Louis excelled as a self-publicist, he fell far short of being a great monarch. This second edition includes an up-to-date and accessible biography, further sections on the women at Louis’s court, France in an international context and new material looking at Louis’s involvement in ballet. This book is essential reading for all history students and those with a general interest in one of history’s most colourful rulers.

    • History

The Third Reign of Louis XIV, c.1682–1715


Author: Julia Prest,Guy Rowlands
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317014111
Category: History
Page: 224
View: 300
The personal rule of Louis XIV, following on from a long period of royal minority and apprenticeship, lasted 54 years from 1661 to 1715. But the second half of this personal rule has, until recently, received significantly less scholarly attention than the 1660s and 1670s. This has obscured some of the very real changes and developments that occurred between the early 1680s and the mid-1690s, by which time a new generation of younger royals had come to prominence, France was engulfed in international war on a greater scale than ever before, and the king was visibly no longer as vigorous or healthy as he had once been. The essays in this volume take a close look at the way a new set of political, social, cultural and economic dispensations emerged from the mid-1680s to create a different France in the final decades of Louis XIV’s reign, even though the basic ideological, social and economic underpinnings of the country remained very largely the same. The contributions examine such varied matters as the structure and practices of government, naval power, the financial operations of the state, trade and commerce, social pressures, overseas expansion, religious dissent, music, literature and the fine arts.

    • History

Louis XIV Outside In

Images of the Sun King Beyond France, 1661-1715
Author: Professor Charles-Édouard Levillain,Professor Tony Claydon
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 147243126X
Category: History
Page: 244
View: 1525
Louis XIV Outside In introduces current interests in cultural history, integrating aspects of artistic, literary and musical themes. In particular it examines the formulation and use of images of Louis XIV abroad, concentrating on Louis' neighbours in North West Europe. This broad geographical coverage demonstrates how images of Louis XIV were moulded by the polemical needs of people far from Versailles, and distorted from any French originals by the particular political and cultural circumstances of diverse nations.

    • Art

Antiquarianism and the Visual Histories of Louis XIV

Artifacts for a Future Past
Author: Robert Wellington
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351576402
Category: Art
Page: 286
View: 3993
Antiquarianism and the Visual Histories of Louis XIV: Artifacts for a Future Past provides a new interpretation of objects and images commissioned by Louis XIV (1638-1715) to document his reign for posterity. The Sun King's image-makers based their prediction of how future historians would interpret the material remains of their culture on contemporary antiquarian methods, creating new works of art as artifacts for a future time. The need for such items to function as historical evidence led to many pictorial developments, and medals played a central role in this. Coin-like in form but not currency, the medal was the consummate antiquarian object, made in imitation of ancient coins used to study the past. Yet medals are often elided from the narrative of the arts of ancient r?me France, their neglect wholly disproportionate to the cultural status that they once held. This revisionary study uncovers a numismatic sensibility throughout the iconography of Louis XIV, and in the defining monuments of his age. It looks beyond the standard political reading of the works of art made to document Louis XIV's history, to argue that they are the results of a creative process wedded to antiquarianism, an intellectual culture that provided a model for the production of history in the grand si?e.

    • History

The Essential World History


Author: William J. Duiker,Jackson Spielvogel
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 0495902918
Category: History
Page: 544
View: 5898
In this best-selling text, noted teachers and scholars William J. Duiker and Jackson J. Spielvogel present a brief, balanced, highly-readable overview of world history that explores common challenges and experiences that unite the human past and that identify key global patterns over time. Thorough coverage of political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, and military history has been integrated into a chronologically ordered synthesis to help students gain an appreciation and understanding of the distinctive character and development of individual cultures in society. The Sixth Edition continues to take a global approach to world history, with an emphasis on analytical comparisons between and among cultures throughout history. This approach helps students to link events together in a broad comparative and global framework, thereby placing the contemporary world in a more meaningful historical context. Available in the following split options: THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY, Sixth Edition (Chapters 1-30), ISBN: 978-0-495-90227-0; Volume I: To 1800 (Chapters 1-18), ISBN: 978-0-495-90291-1; Volume II: Since 1500 (Chapters 14-30), ISBN: 978-0-495-90292-8. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

    • History

A World of Paper

Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy, and the Rise of the Information State
Author: John C. Rule,Ben S. Trotter
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
ISBN: 0773592156
Category: History
Page: 848
View: 9567
Historians and social scientists have long identified bureaucracy as the modern state's foundation and the reign of France's Louis XIV as a model for its development. A World of Paper offers a fresh interpretation of bureaucracy through a close examination of the department of the Sun King's last foreign secretary, Jean-Baptiste Colbert de Torcy. Torcy, who served as foreign secretary from 1696-1715, is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant foreign ministers of the ancien regime. Building on the work of his predecessors, he fashioned a skilled team of collaborators as he managed the complex issues of war and peace during the turbulent final decades of Louis XIV's reign. John Rule and Ben Trotter examine Torcy's department to depict administrative structures as they emerged through the circulating stream of paper that connected his office with provincial administrators and diplomats abroad. They explore the collection and centralization of information during Torcy's tenure through the creation of a modern state archive, discreet intelligence gathering, and the surveillance and management of the French mails. They also study the postal carriers, couriers, household officers of the royal court, genealogists hired for research, and an informal "brain trust" of experts, and advisors who carried vital information in and out of the department every day. A remarkable reconstruction of the department of Jean-Baptiste Colbert de Torcy, A World of Paper demystifies bureaucracy and explores the ways in which the modern information state developed from his labours.

    • Music

The Cambridge Companion to French Music


Author: Simon Trezise
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521877946
Category: Music
Page: 440
View: 9812
This accessible Companion provides a wide-ranging and comprehensive introduction to French music from the early middle ages to the present.

    • History

AQA A-level History: The Tudors: England 1485-1603


Author: David Ferriby,Angela Anderson,Tony Imperato
Publisher: Hodder Education
ISBN: 1471837505
Category: History
Page: 264
View: 8344
AQA approved Enhance and expand your students' knowledge and understanding of their AQA breadth study through expert narrative, progressive skills development and bespoke essays from leading historians on key debates. - Builds students' understanding of the events and issues of the period with authoritative, well-researched narrative that covers the specification content - Introduces the key concepts of change, continuity, cause and consequence, encouraging students to make comparisons across time as they advance through the course - Improves students' skills in tackling interpretation questions and essay writing by providing clear guidance and practice activities - Boosts students' interpretative skills and interest in history through extended reading opportunities consisting of specially commissioned essays from practising historians on relevant debates - Cements understanding of the broad issues underpinning the period with overviews of the key questions, end-of-chapter summaries and diagrams that double up as handy revision aids The Tudors: England 1485-1603 A revised edition of Access to History: An Introduction to Tudor England 1485-1603, this title explores the consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty under Henry VII and Henry VIII, the years of instability and religious turmoil in the mid-Tudor period and the period of relative stability during Elizabeth I's reign. It considers breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through examining key questions on themes such as power, religion, opposition, relations with foreign powers and the impact of key individuals.

    • History

Louis XIV and Absolution


Author: Ragnhild Marie Hatton
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1349169811
Category: History
Page: 306
View: 8047

    • Social Science

The Inner Level

How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Wellbeing
Author: Richard Wilkinson,Kate Pickett
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141975407
Category: Social Science
Page: 352
View: 2772
Why is the incidence of mental illness in the UK twice that in Germany? Why are Americans three times more likely than the Dutch to develop gambling problems? Why is child well-being so much worse in New Zealand than Japan? As this groundbreaking study demonstrates, the answer to all these hinges on inequality. In The Spirit Level Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett put inequality at the centre of public debate by showing conclusively that less-equal societies fare worse than more equal ones across everything from education to life expectancy. The Inner Level now explains how inequality affects us individually, how it alters how we think, feel and behave. It sets out the overwhelming evidence that material inequalities have powerful psychological effects: when the gap between rich and poor increases, so does the tendency to defi ne and value ourselves and others in terms of superiority and inferiority. A deep well of data and analysis is drawn upon to empirically show, for example, that low social status is associated with elevated levels of stress, and how rates of anxiety and depression are intimately related to the inequality which makes that status paramount. Wilkinson and Pickett describe how these responses to hierarchies evolved, and why the impacts of inequality on us are so severe. In doing so, they challenge the conception that humans are innately competitive and self-interested. They undermine, too, the idea that inequality is the product of 'natural' differences in individual ability. This book sheds new light on many of the most urgent problems facing societies today, but it is not just an index of our ills. It demonstrates that societies based on fundamental equalities, sharing and reciprocity generate much higher levels of well-being, and lays out the path towards them.

    • France

The Age of Louis XIV.

To which is Added, an Abstract of the Age of Louis XV.
Author: Voltaire
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: France
Page: N.A
View: 2266

    • History

Peasants and King in Burgundy

Agrarian Foundations of French Absolutism
Author: Hilton L. Root
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520913349
Category: History
Page: 292
View: 8351
The example of Old Regime France provides a source for many of the ideas about capitalism, modernization, and peasant protest that concern social scientists today. Hilton Root challenges traditional assumptions and proposes a new interpretation of the relationship between state and society.

    • English literature

The British National Bibliography


Author: Arthur James Wells
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: English literature
Page: N.A
View: 5967

    • History

The Rhine: National Tensions, Romantic Visions


Author: Manfred Beller,Joseph Theodoor Leerssen
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004344063
Category: History
Page: 364
View: 8167
Introduction: the Rhine, Europe's frontier, Europe's dreamland: transnational destination, inspiration, disputation -- Part I. Case studies in geopolitics, romanticism and travel -- Victor Hugo's Le Rhin: French national perspectives on a European river / Manfred Beller -- The symbolical and political investment of the Rhine: a Dutch perspective / Joep Leerssen -- Italian travellers in the Rhineland in the first half of the nineteenth century / Giovanna Cermelli -- English middle-rhine tourism in late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature / Hans Werner Breunig -- North American travellers in the Rhine Valley: revisions of their perspectives on the landscape and on sites of memory in the contested region -- Waldemar zacharasiewicz -- Goethe's art travels in the Rhine regions 1814-1817 and his concept of decentralized collections / Helmut J. Schneider -- Restored future: a panorama of the castles, churches and monuments on the confluence of Rhine and Nahe / Manfred Beller -- The Rhine as a symbol: aspects, meanings and functionalization of a memory landscape / Elmar Scheuren -- The Walhalla: Bavarian Integration Monument, Germanic Hall of Fame, expression of European patronage / Reinhard Baumann -- Part II. A history of appropriations -- From the Meuse to the Rhine: a disputed region in French and German atlases and encyclopaedias / Manfred Beller -- The never-ending stream: cultural mobilization over the Rhine / Joep Leerssen -- Literary appropriations of the Rhine: a German-French repertory, 1814-1925

    • History

Global Gifts

The Material Culture of Diplomacy in Early Modern Eurasia
Author: Zoltán Biedermann,Anne Gerritsen,Giorgio Riello
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 110824646X
Category: History
Page: 320
View: 1359
This anthology explores the role that art and material goods played in diplomatic relations and political exchanges between Asia, Africa, and Europe in the early modern world. The authors challenge the idea that there was a European primacy in the practice of gift giving through a wide panoramic review of imperial encounters between Europeans (including the Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English) and Asian empires (including Ottoman, Persian, Mughal, Sri Lankan, Chinese, and Japanese cases). They examine how those exchanges influenced the global production and circulation of art and material culture, and explore the types of gifts exchanged, the chosen materials, and the manner of their presentation. Global Gifts establishes new parameters for the study of the material and aesthetic culture of Eurasian relations before 1800, exploring the meaning of artistic objects in global diplomacy and the existence of economic and aesthetic values mutually intelligible across cultural boundaries.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Love and Louis XIV

The Women in the Life of the Sun King
Author: Antonia Fraser
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 0385672519
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 432
View: 6845
The superb historian and biographer Antonia Fraser, author of Marie Antoinette, casts new light on the splendor and the scandals of the reign of Louis XIV in this dramatic, illuminating look at the women in his life. The self-proclaimed Sun King, Louis XIV ruled over the most glorious and extravagant court in seventeenth-century Europe. Now, Antonia Fraser goes behind the well-known tales of Louis’s accomplishments and follies, exploring in riveting detail his intimate relationships with women. The king’s mother, Anne of Austria, had been in a childless marriage for twenty-two years before she gave birth to Louis XIV. A devout Catholic, she instilled in her son a strong sense of piety and fought successfully for his right to absolute power. In 1660, Louis married his first cousin, Marie-Thérèse, in a political arrangement. While unfailingly kind to the official Queen of Versailles, Louis sought others to satisfy his romantic and sexual desires. After a flirtation with his sister-in-law, his first important mistress was Louise de La Vallière, who bore him several children before being replaced by the tempestuous and brilliant Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan. Later, when Athénaïs’s reputation was tarnished, the King continued to support her publicly as Athénaïs left court for a life of repentance. Meanwhile her children’s governess, the intelligent and seemingly puritanical Françoise de Maintenon, had already won the King’s affections; in a relationship in complete contrast to his physical obsession with Athénaïs, Louis XIV lived happily with Madame de Maintenon for the rest of his life, very probably marrying her in secret. When his grandson’s child bride, the enchanting Adelaide of Savoy, came to Versaille she lightened the King’s last years – until tragedy struck. With consummate skill, Antonia Fraser weaves insights into the nature of women’s religious lives – as well as such practical matters as contraception – into her magnificent, sweeping portrait of the king, his court, and his ladies. From the Hardcover edition.

    • History

Aspects of European History 1494-1789


Author: Stephen J. Lee
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113497227X
Category: History
Page: 254
View: 5836
First published in 1984. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.