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By Karleen Koen

ISBN-10: 0307716570

ISBN-13: 9780307716576

Louis XIV is among the best-known monarchs ever to grace the French throne. yet what was once he like as a tender man—the guy sooner than Versailles?   After the demise of his top minister, Cardinal Mazarin, twenty-two-year-old Louis steps into governing France. He’s nonetheless a tender guy, yet person who, as king, willfully takes every little thing he can get—including his brother’s spouse. because the love affair among Louis and Princess Henriette burns, it units the dominion at the street towards unmistakable scandal and clash with the Vatican. each lady desires him. He needs to face what he's prepared to sacrifice for love.But there are different difficulties lurking outdoor the chateau of Fontainebleau: a boy in an iron masks has been visible within the woods, and the king’s finance minister, Nicolas Fouquet, has confirmed to be extra strong than Louis ever thought—a guy who can make a superb best friend or turn into a deadly foe . . .Meticulously researched and vividly dropped at lifestyles through the beautiful prose of Karleen Koen, ahead of Versailles dares to discover the forces that formed an iconic king and decided the destiny of an empire.

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The sight of them—she had to ride astride now, as men did, rather than on a sidesaddle—softened him for a moment, as did the tears and her fresh prettiness. He decided to warn her again. “The musketeer commanded silence, and his master is master of us all, the great cardinal,” he repeated. Reviled, feared, obeyed, Cardinal Mazarin was the most powerful man in the kingdom of France, first minister to the young king and lover, it was said, to the queen mother. Louise didn’t answer. She was a tenderhearted girl, too gentle really for the court she was about to join.

You give up too easily. You’re stronger than you realize. You need to force the issue about the rest of your inheritance. You need to insist you be given a place on his council. It’s your right as a prince of France. Yes, lecturing him both about dueling and about the skill required to be a presence at court. Philippe was many things, lively, gregarious, generous, laughing, a raconteur; but he’d been overshadowed by Louis all his life, and this friend was determined he should be honored as befitted the second child of France, heir to the throne until Louis sired a child—which of course, Louis being Louis, he had done, except the child wasn’t born yet, and in this year of 1661 many things could happen.

You need to force the issue about the rest of your inheritance. You need to insist you be given a place on his council. It’s your right as a prince of France. Yes, lecturing him both about dueling and about the skill required to be a presence at court. Philippe was many things, lively, gregarious, generous, laughing, a raconteur; but he’d been overshadowed by Louis all his life, and this friend was determined he should be honored as befitted the second child of France, heir to the throne until Louis sired a child—which of course, Louis being Louis, he had done, except the child wasn’t born yet, and in this year of 1661 many things could happen.

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