Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland


Word Press
This book, by the author of the excellent “Josephine” trilogy, is about the life of Louise de la Valliere, the mistress of Louis XIV, up until her decision to enter a convent. For some reason, I always get Louise de la Valliere a bit confused in my head with Louise de Keroualle, which is really stupid because they were very different people – Louise de la Valliere was much nicer!!

Much of this book is imagined/made up, because we don’t know that much about Louise’s early life, but it’s well done and her character comes across well. However, I really do have problems with the idea of Louis XIV as a romantic hero! Maybe the English/British prejudice against him is too deeply ingrained!! Well, he may have been the “Sun King”, but he was still the man who barged into the Netherlands, and who revoked the Edict of Nantes. However, that’s hardly the author’s fault! Good read.

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