Louis XIV

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Author: Marilyn Morris
Date: Spring 2001
From: Teaching History: A Journal of Methods(Vol. 26, Issue 1)
Publisher: Emporia State University
Document Type: Book review
Length: 555 words

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David J. Sturdy. Louis XIV. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998. Pp. xxii, 202. Cloth, $55.00; ISBN 0-312-21427-8. Paper, $19.95; ISBN 0-312-21428-6.

This consideration of Louis XIV is representative of a veritable cottage industry in compact volumes serving the growing market of harried students wanting to jump start a research project and teachers preparing lectures who need quick access to the background and current historiography on major topics. David J. Sturdy succeeds admirably on both counts. His thematic arrangement of the material, highlighting of interesting points of debate, useful maps and genealogical tables, chronology of significant events, and bibliographical essays on each subject constitute a handy reference work. His uncluttered prose and tight organization contribute to the work's convenience. Sturdy examines Louis XIV in relation to the history of French kingship, the government, his subjects, the religious, cultural,...

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