The Man Who Would Be King: The Life of Philippe D'Orleans, Regent of France

By: Pevitt, Christine

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First edition. Bottom edge of front board lightly bumped. 1997 Hard Cover. xiii, 366 pp. When Louis XIV died in 1715 after 72 years on the throne, very few regretted his passing. The great king had become a testy and ill-humoured bore, depending more and more on his wife Mme de Maintenon. He knew that his succession was fragile as it depended upon his five year old child and, to support him, the man who became regent, Philippe d' Orleans, who represented everything the king feared and detested. He was a hard drinking womaniser: in 1715 he went on trial accused of poisoning the heirs to the throne, committing incest with his daughter and engaging in treasonable activities in Spain. Philippe was 41 when he became Regent and despite his sure ability to shock he possessed another side to his character. He was a cultivated and artist prince, a kind-hearted father and curious about the arts, science, history and above all human nature.

Title: The Man Who Would Be King: The Life of Philippe D'Orleans, Regent of France

Author: Pevitt, Christine

Categories: Biography, Modern First Editions, French,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1997

ISBN Number: 029781317X

ISBN Number 13: 9780297813170

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 2286436

Keywords: BIOGRAPHY HISTORY EUROPE EUROPEAN FRANCE FRENCH PHILIPPE D'ORLEANS,