Naturally dividing into five parts, it concentrates on the King's mother, Anne of Austria, to whom he was devoted; his first important mistress, Louise de la Valliere, who bore him several illegitimate children; Athenais Marquise de Montespan, who acted as unofficial Queen of Versailles until her involvement in the affair of poisons; Marie Therese, his wife, of course; and Madame de Maintenon, governess to the illegitimate royal children. The fifth part concentrates on his relations in old age with his daughters, granddaughters, and the wife of his grandson.
Fraser vividly bring to life the vast edifice of Louis XIV's court - the magnificence, artistic splendour, elaborate ritual, and, in some cases, the absurdity and misery.
I very much enjoyed this book. The narrator was clear and interesting to listen to. I am fascinated by that period of time and, in particular, Versailles so this book was a very enjoyable listen.
As expected, from Antonia Fraser, another good book on royalty. Read superbly by Patricia Hodge. It covers, sorry for the pun, King Louis XIV of France's love life and all the women who loved him, from his infancy until his death. I must admit I thought there were a lot more than AF talked about. Good listening, good book what more could you want.