© 1998

Louis XIV

  • Comprehensive and up-to-date textbook history of Louis XIV
    Only thematic treatment of Louis XIV's life and reign
    Presents the most recent historiographical debates and controversies in an accessable way

Part of the European History in Perspective book series (EUROHIP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. David J. Sturdy
    Pages 1-21
  3. David J. Sturdy
    Pages 22-49
  4. David J. Sturdy
    Pages 50-73
  5. David J. Sturdy
    Pages 74-99
  6. David J. Sturdy
    Pages 100-122
  7. David J. Sturdy
    Pages 123-153
  8. David J. Sturdy
    Pages 154-166
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 167-202

About this book


This book provides a concise study of the defining aspects of the reign of Louis XIV. The nature of French monarchy, methods of government, Louis's relationship to his subjects and to the churches, the organisation of cultural life, and France's relations with the rest of Europe are all considered. Dr. Sturdy relates Louis and his regime to the longer-term movements of French history and to some of the wider historical forces at work in seventeenth-century Europe. He raises past and present historiographical controversies surrounding Louis XIV and indicates some of the major problems in interpretation which still confront historians.


Europe France history Louis XIV monarchy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of UlsterUK

About the authors

DAVID STURDY is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Ulster.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Louis XIV
  • Authors David Sturdy
  • Series Title European History in Perspective
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-60513-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-60514-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-26706-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 222
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics European History
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