Friday, 28 November 2014

Your Royal Library

There are plenty of books on this particular subject and in case you do not want to scroll through the Reading the Realms-section - or just want a clear view - here is a list of books that just might interest you.

The Kings, Queens and Courtiers:

  • Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Lady Antonia Fraiser
  • Louis XIV by Dunlop
  • Memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon
  • Madame de Pompadour: Mistress of France by Christine Pevitt Algrant
  • Louis the Beloved by Olivier Bernier
  • Madame de Sévigné's Letters
  • Brother to the Sun King: Philippe, Duke of Orleans by Nancy Nichols Barker
  • First Lady of Versailles: Marie Adélaide of Savoy, Dauphine of France by Lucy Norton
  • The Secret Wife of Louis XIV: Madame de Maintenon by Veronica Buckley
  • The Lost King of France by Deborah Cadbury
  • Madame du Barry: the Wages of Beauty by Joan Haslip
  • The King's Midwife: A History and Mystery of Madame du Coudray by Nina Rattner Gelbart
  • A Day with Marie Antoinette by Helene Delalex and Francis Hammond
  • Marie Thérèse: the Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter by Susan Nagel
  • Love and Louis XIV by Lady Antonia Fraiser
  • The Real Queen of France: Athénaïs and Louis XIV by Lisa Hilton
  • The Man who Outshone the Sun King by Charles Drazin
  • Louis XIV: a Royal Life by Olivier Bernier
  • Philippe, Duc d'Orlèans: Regent of France by Christine Pevitt
  • Princesse of Versailles: The Life of Marie Adelaide of Savoy by Charles W. Elliot
  • La Grande Mademoiselle at the Court of France by Vincent J. Pitts
Lady Antonia Fraiser's "Marie Antoinette: the Journey" - my favourite book on Marie Antoinette

The Palace & Gardens

  • Versailles: A Private Invitation by Francis Hammond and Guillaume Picon
  • The Sun King's Garden by Ian Thompson
  • Vaux and Versailles by Claire Goldstein
  • From Marie Antoinette's Garden by Élisabeth de Feydeau
  • The Gardener of Versailles by Alain Baraton
  • Versailles: a Biography of a Palace by Tony Spawford
  • Gardens of Versailles by Beatrix Saule
Secret Versailles
"Versailles: A Private Invitation" offers an inside glimpse of the palace
Fashion & Jewellery
  • Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Fashion in Detail by Avril Hart
  • Fashion Victims by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell
  • 18th century Embroidery Techniques by Gail Marsh
  • Dress in France in the 18th Century by Madeleine Delpierre
  • The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London by Hannah Greig
  • Embroidered with White by Heather Toomer
  • Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber
  • Eighteenth Century French Fashion in Full Colour by Stella Blum
  • Dressed to Rule by Philip Mansel
  • Fashion Prints in the Age of Louis XIV by Kathryn Norberg and Sandra Rosenbaum
Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries by Avril Hart
A part of a series of fashion history

Court Life & Events
  • The Queen's Necklace by Frances Mossiker
  • The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV by Anne Somerset
  • The Triumph of Pleasure: Louis XIV & the Politics of Spectacle by Georgia J. Cowart
Another book in my inventory! The Affair of the Poisons gives an insight into a far darker side of Louis XIV's court

Furniture & Art
  • French Painting in the Seventeenth Century by Alain Mérot
  • Furnishing the Eighteenth Century by Dena Goodma and Kathryn Norberg
  • Paris: Life and Luxury in Eighteenth Century France by Charissa Bremer-David
  • French Interiors of the 18th Century by John Whitehea
  • Pastel Portraits: Images of 18th Century Europe by Katharine Baetjer and Marjorie Shelly
  • Between Luxury and Everyday by Katie Scott
  • Making Up the Rococo: Francois Boucher and his Critics by Melissa Hyde
  • 17th and 18th Century Arts: Baroque Painting, Sculpture, Architecture by Julius Held and Donald Posner 



French Society
  • The Splendid Century: Life in the France of Louis XIV by W. H. Lewis
  • Royal Censorship on Books in 18th-Century France by Raymond Birn
  • Painters and Public Life in Eighteenth Century Paris by Thomas Crow
The Splendid Century: Life in the France of Louis XIV
A wider look at what France looked like during Louis XIV

Fiction:
  • Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors
  • Farewell, My Queen by Chantal Thomas
  • Dancing to the Precipice by Caroline Moorehead
  • The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
  • To Dance with Kings by Rosalind Laker
  • Days of Splendour, Days of Sorrow by Juliet Grey


Everything Else:

  • The Libertine; the Art of Love in 18th-century France by Michel Delon
  • The Road from Versailles: Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and the Fall of the French Monarchy by Munro Price
  • The Devil in the Holy Water: the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon by Robert Darnton
The Libertine
"The Libertine"

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