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The Book Club: Philip Mansel

Best of the Spectator

In this week’s Book Club podcast, my guest is the historian Philip Mansel. We talk about his new biography King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV. He tells me what really drove the great megalomaniac, whether he was a feminist avant la lettre, how his depredations in the Rhineland anticipated Putin’s in Ukraine – and why, if he hadn’t revoked the Edict of Nantes, the first man on the moon might have been speaking French.

43mins

22 Jun 2022

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Louis XIV #2 - Dr. Philip Mansel - Interview

Sparks of History

Dr. Philip Mansel has written 13 books on France and the Ottoman Empire, including: Constantinople: City of the World’s desire (1995) Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean (2010). Aleppo ; the Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City (rev.ed. I B Tauris 2018) In this interview Dr. Mansel discuss his fascinating work: King of the World: the Life of Louis XIV (Penguin 2019)Noted historian Tim Blanning in the Wall street Journal called King of the World 'one of the most stimulating and enjoyable works on European history to have been published for many a long year'. 

15mins

1 Mar 2022

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Louis XIV #1 - Dr. Philip Mansel - Interview

Sparks of History

Dr. Philip Mansel has written 13 books on France and the Ottoman Empire, including: Constantinople: City of the World’s desire (1995) Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean (2010). Aleppo ; the Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City (rev.ed. I B Tauris 2018) In this interview Dr. Mansel discuss his fascinating work: King of the World: the Life of Louis XIV (Penguin 2019)Noted historian Tim Blanning in the Wall street Journal called King of the World 'one of the most stimulating and enjoyable works on European history to have been published for many a long year'. 

14mins

1 Mar 2022

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Philip Mansel, "King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV" (U of Chicago Press, 2019).

New Books in Biography

Philip Mansel, a trustee of the Society for Court Studies and President of the Research Center of the Chateau de Versailles, has written a one-volume biography of the life and times of Louis XIV, King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV (The University of Chicago Press, 2019). One of the longest reigning monarchs in Europe’s history, from 1643 to 1715, Louis XIV left a mark upon France for good and ill. He expanded the country’s borders but left it in horrible financial shape. He was a valuable patron of the arts and architecture, but wreaked havoc on some of his nation’s citizens, especially French Protestants. He reaped the glory associated with imperial policy and dynastic intermarriages throughout Europe, but brought destruction to the lives, fortunes, and cities of his enemies. Mansel brings the court of Louis XIV alive, paying special attention to the daily personal life of the king and his associates. He reviews France’s effects on the politics of Europe and provides a detailed history of the key project of Louis’ life: the palace of Versailles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/biography

47mins

3 Mar 2021

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Philip Mansel, "King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV" (U of Chicago Press, 2019).

New Books in French Studies

Philip Mansel, a trustee of the Society for Court Studies and President of the Research Center of the Chateau de Versailles, has written a one-volume biography of the life and times of Louis XIV, King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV (The University of Chicago Press, 2019). One of the longest reigning monarchs in Europe’s history, from 1643 to 1715, Louis XIV left a mark upon France for good and ill. He expanded the country’s borders but left it in horrible financial shape. He was a valuable patron of the arts and architecture, but wreaked havoc on some of his nation’s citizens, especially French Protestants. He reaped the glory associated with imperial policy and dynastic intermarriages throughout Europe, but brought destruction to the lives, fortunes, and cities of his enemies. Mansel brings the court of Louis XIV alive, paying special attention to the daily personal life of the king and his associates. He reviews France’s effects on the politics of Europe and provides a detailed history of the key project of Louis’ life: the palace of Versailles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/french-studies

47mins

3 Mar 2021

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Philip Mansel, "King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV" (U of Chicago Press, 2019).

New Books in Western European Studies

Philip Mansel, a trustee of the Society for Court Studies and President of the Research Center of the Chateau de Versailles, has written a one-volume biography of the life and times of Louis XIV, King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV (The University of Chicago Press, 2019). One of the longest reigning monarchs in Europe’s history, from 1643 to 1715, Louis XIV left a mark upon France for good and ill. He expanded the country’s borders but left it in horrible financial shape. He was a valuable patron of the arts and architecture, but wreaked havoc on some of his nation’s citizens, especially French Protestants. He reaped the glory associated with imperial policy and dynastic intermarriages throughout Europe, but brought destruction to the lives, fortunes, and cities of his enemies. Mansel brings the court of Louis XIV alive, paying special attention to the daily personal life of the king and his associates. He reviews France’s effects on the politics of Europe and provides a detailed history of the key project of Louis’ life: the palace of Versailles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/european-studies

47mins

3 Mar 2021

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Philip Mansel, "King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV" (U of Chicago Press, 2019).

New Books in History

Philip Mansel, a trustee of the Society for Court Studies and President of the Research Center of the Chateau de Versailles, has written a one-volume biography of the life and times of Louis XIV, King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV (The University of Chicago Press, 2019). One of the longest reigning monarchs in Europe’s history, from 1643 to 1715, Louis XIV left a mark upon France for good and ill. He expanded the country’s borders but left it in horrible financial shape. He was a valuable patron of the arts and architecture, but wreaked havoc on some of his nation’s citizens, especially French Protestants. He reaped the glory associated with imperial policy and dynastic intermarriages throughout Europe, but brought destruction to the lives, fortunes, and cities of his enemies. Mansel brings the court of Louis XIV alive, paying special attention to the daily personal life of the king and his associates. He reviews France’s effects on the politics of Europe and provides a detailed history of the key project of Louis’ life: the palace of Versailles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history

47mins

3 Mar 2021

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Philip Mansel, "King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV" (U of Chicago Press, 2019).

New Books in Diplomatic History

Philip Mansel, a trustee of the Society for Court Studies and President of the Research Center of the Chateau de Versailles, has written a one-volume biography of the life and times of Louis XIV, King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV (The University of Chicago Press, 2019). One of the longest reigning monarchs in Europe’s history, from 1643 to 1715, Louis XIV left a mark upon France for good and ill. He expanded the country’s borders but left it in horrible financial shape. He was a valuable patron of the arts and architecture, but wreaked havoc on some of his nation’s citizens, especially French Protestants. He reaped the glory associated with imperial policy and dynastic intermarriages throughout Europe, but brought destruction to the lives, fortunes, and cities of his enemies. Mansel brings the court of Louis XIV alive, paying special attention to the daily personal life of the king and his associates. He reviews France’s effects on the politics of Europe and provides a detailed history of the key project of Louis’ life: the palace of Versailles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

3 Mar 2021

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Philip Mansel - 66 - Alain Elkann Interviews

Alain Elkann Interviews

TO WRITE A MASTERWORK. Philip Mansel is a historian of France & the Middle East. His latest book is “King of the World, The Life of Louis XIV”.

41mins

7 Feb 2021

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Philip Mansel: Louis XIV, King of the World

John Sandoe Books

The eminent historian on France and the Levant is joined in conversation by Barnaby Rogerson. Philip's new book on the Sun King's excesses, both courtly and murderous, political and personal, is out now.  Edited by Magnus Rena  Music: Jean-Baptiste Lully, Te Deum

1hr 2mins

9 Dec 2019

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