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Brother to the Sun-King - Philippe, Duke of Orleans

Brother to the Sun-King: Philippe, Duke of Orleans
Nancy Nichols Barker (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989, xvi + 371 pp.)

Brother to the Sun-King: Philippe, Duke of Orleans

Nancy Nichols Barker (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989, xvi + 371 pp.)


Philippe d'Orleans has received little serious attention from historians. They either ignore him, or contrast him unfavourably with his two wives, Henriette d'Angleterre and Liselotte, and with his brother, Louis X1V. Monsieur, with his overt homosexuality and his passion for extravagant clothes, has been relegated to a colourful but supporting role in the pageantry of Versailles. Professor Barker has attempted to rescue him from such ignominy, but her task is made difficult by his failure to leave behind any extensive collection of his own thoughts. He usually has to be approached through the memoirs and letters of contemporaries, many of whom disliked him. Only the citizens of Paris adored him, and his lavish court at the Palais Royal was more real to them than the more distant temple to Apollo at Versailles.

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