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Versailles : A Biography of a Palace,9780312603465

Versailles : A Biography of a Palace

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780312603465

ISBN10:
0312603460
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/16/2010
Publisher(s):
St. Martin's Griffin
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Summary

Called "fast-paced" (Kirkus Reviews) and "highly engrossing" (Publishers Weekly), this is the behind-the-scenes story of the world's most famous palace.The story of Versailles is one of high historical drama mixed with the high camp and glamour of the European courts, all in an iconic home for the French arts. The palace itself has been radically altered since 1789.Versaillessets out to rediscover what is now a vanished world: a great center of power and, for thousands, a home both grand and squalid.Using the latest historical research, Spawforth offers the first full account of Versailles in English in over thirty years. He probes the conventional picture of this "perpetual house party" and gives full weight to the darker side: not just the mounting discomfort of the aging palace but also the intrigue and status anxiety of its aristocrats, as well as the changing place of Versailles in France's national identity since 1789.Many books have told the stories of the royals and artists living in Versailles, but this is the first to turn its focus on the palace itselffrom architecture to politics to scandal to restoration.

Author Biography

As well as having a rich broadcast history, TONY SPAWFORTH is the author and editor of numerous books on the ancient world. He is currently professor of ancient history at Newcastle University in England.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Builders of the Labyrinthp. 1
"Rome in one palace"p. 25
A Gilded Cage?p. 44
"How right to insist on ceremony..."p. 69
Follow the King!p. 98
"All the pleasures"p. 122
Comforts, or Lack of Themp. 145
Behind Closed Doorsp. 168
A Garden with Flowersp. 195
"The royal zoo"p. 218
After the Delugep. 242
Notesp. 255
Sourcesp. 279
Indexp. 291
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