Before Versailles by Karleen Koen


Word Press
This book covers the period in 1661 when Louis XIV a) assumed full power and b) took up with Louise de la Valliere. It’s very entertaining – complete with a Dumas-esque “man in the iron mask”” plot – although, as with the Sandra Gulland book, I really do have problems with the idea of Louis XIV as a romantic hero! However, unfortunately it’s really not a patch on the author’s three previous books. Taken on its own merits, though, it’s not bad at all.

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