Mistress of the Sun

Mistress of the Sun

Book - 2008
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The author of the internationally acclaimed Josephine Bonaparte trilogy returns with another irresistible historical novel, this one based on the life of Louise de la Vallière, who, against all odds, became one of the most mysterious consorts of France's Louis XIV, the charismatic Sun King. Set against the magnificent decadence of the seventeenth-century French court, Mistress of the Sun begins when an eccentric young Louise falls in love with a wild white stallion and uses ancient magic to tame him. This one desperate action of her youth shadows her throughout her life, changing it in ways she could never imagine. Unmarriageable, and too poor to join a convent, Louise enters the court of the Sun King, where the king is captivated by her. As their love unfolds, Louise bears Louis four children, is made a duchess, and reigns unrivaled as his official mistress until dangerous intrigue threatens her position at court and in Louis's heart. A riveting love story with a captivating mystery at its heart, Mistress of the Sun illuminates both the power of true and perfect love and the rash actions we take to capture and tame it.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2008.
ISBN: 9780743298872
Call Number: GULLAND
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: La Vallière, Françoise-Louise de La Baume Le Blanc, duchesse de, 1644-1710 -- Fiction.
Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715 -- Fiction.
Mistresses -- France -- Fiction.
France -- Kings and rulers -- Paramours -- Fiction.
France -- History -- Louis XIV, 1643-1715 -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.


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Mar 28, 2014

This didn't stand up to the Josephine B. series but I still thought it was a good book. Good if you like reading historical fiction.

Sep 04, 2012

Disappointing! I loved the Josephine B. Trilogy and this book didn't even come close to my high expectations for Gulland. A romance that didn't have much of a story line and was tedious to read (having said that, I did finish it!)

Aug 23, 2011

louise de valliere and king louis

samdog123 Apr 14, 2008

A disappointing second novel from the author of the Josephine B trilogy. The narrative is weak and character development shallow.


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