The Man Who Would Be King: The Life Of Philippe d'Orleans, Regent Of France

Many consider Philippe to be France s equivalent to Richard III a royal regent who would be accused of debauchery, treason, incest, and murder Philippe threw Voltaire in prison and coveted the throne for himself Once an accomplished soldier and artist, Philippe was a middle aged philanderer and slave to pleasure in 1715, when his uncle died and Philippe s five year oldMany consider Philippe to be France s equivalent to Richard III a royal regent who would be accused of debauchery, treason, incest, and murder Philippe threw Voltaire in prison and coveted the throne for himself Once an accomplished soldier and artist, Philippe was a middle aged philanderer and slave to pleasure in 1715, when his uncle died and Philippe s five year old cousin became King Louis XV While much of his reputation may be valid, Philippe d Orleans was a mass of contradictions who tried valiantly to improve conditions in a country long plagued by death and disaster.
The Man Who Would Be King The Life Of Philippe d Orleans Regent Of France Many consider Philippe to be France s equivalent to Richard III a royal regent who would be accused of debauchery treason incest and murder Philippe threw Voltaire in prison and coveted the throne

  • Title: The Man Who Would Be King: The Life Of Philippe d'Orleans, Regent Of France
  • Author: Christine Pevitt
  • ISBN: 9780688169831
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Man Who Would Be King: The Life Of Philippe d'Orleans, Regent Of France”

    1. Christine Pevitt has written a marvelously entertaining biography that removes Philippe from the vast shadow cast by his uncle Louis XIV. All the intrigue one would expect from the period between a king's death and the ascension of his minor heir is on full display. Multiple mistresses? Check. Behind-the-scenes machinations of domestic rivals and foreign governments? Check. Love of administration equal to passion for the opera and dinner parties? Check. Pevitt presents Philippe warts and all, le [...]

    2. Philippe was the grandson of Louis XIII and nephew to Louis XIV. Although one of the royal family, there were so many other royals, and the king and his mistress (Mme de Maintenon) had taken such a dislike to him, that it seemed that Philippe would never be given any power or responsibility. Eventually he was given a military command and proved himself quite able, but alas, he intrigued to take the Spanish throne (which had been given to his cousin, Philip V of Spain) and was called back to Fran [...]

    3. Long and detailed biography, interesting enough but had to skip bits of it, the machinations of power under Louis XIV and Louis XV lulled me to sleep on occasion, not to mention the warsbut on the whole glad to have read it. Well written and well researched.

    4. Even though this book focuses on a minor part of French history, Pevitt manages to fill the book with interesting details without it getting too heavy or prosaic.

    5. Enjoyable book on a topic I didn't think I would like. The book was a present and surprisingly was a very good read.

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