Book Review: Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland
|Louise de La Valliere|
- The exotic, enticing, and sensual intoxication of King Louis XIV is presented in story. The women at court swooned and fainted when near him. They had heart palpitations. It did not matter their age, nor if they were already married, women were enthralled by the king and could easily be bedded by him. I was shocked by these women who were persuaded easily to give up their life for the king. I have to remember this was another era, another culture. The author examined this attribute of court life, both the temptations, pursuance, and results.
- The king ruled the kingdom of France and Navarre. He ruled his family. He ruled court. What he said and wanted was granted. He was like a god to them. I felt after having read Mistress of the Sun, a better understanding of life under the domain of a king.
- I felt the story was well-researched and Petite (Louise) came to life for me.
- All the swooning and love-making adventures were a bit over the top. I got a bit bored. It never felt as if their was a "real" love, but rather a lustful conquest/past-time. Maybe the king gave all the love he could give. It's a world I just don't get, much less would want to live in.
Historical Fiction/17th Century/France/September in Paris Reading Challenge 2012/Louis XIV/The Sun King/Mistresses of Kings
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|September In Paris Reading Challenge 2012---Book #6 for Reading Challenge.|