Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre, dominated his age.  In the second half of the seventeenth century, he extended France’s frontiers into the Netherlands and Germany, and established colonies in America, Africa and India.  Louisiana, which once occupied a third of the territory  of the present day United States, is named after him. Louis was also one of the greatest patrons of European history – Moliere, Racine , Lully, Le Brun, Le Notre all worked for him – and his stupendous palace built at Versailles became the envy of monarchs throughout Europe.  Many tried to imitate but with little success. As well as entertaining lavishly, Louis was obsessed by the details of government and travelled extensively throughout his kingdom, though his choice of ministers and generals often proved disastrous. Louis’s extravagance in building palaces, entertaining and persistently waging wars  devastated French finances and set France on the path to revolution.  Dr.Mansel’s new book: King of the World is much the most comprehensive biography of this hypnotic, charismatic and flawed King.

When: Monday 4th November 2019 @ 4.00 pm
Where: The Bull Ballroom, 34 East St, Bridport, DT6 3LF
Sponsor: Tim Clarke