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A new approach, exploring the interrelationship between the people of a country and the power of its king.
"This masterful work...should serve a generation of student and general readers as the essential introduction to the France of Louis XIV."--The American Historical Review
"In this field M. Goubert is a past master, and his subtle portrayal of the great social trends of the age deserves to be widely read."--Times Literary Supplement (London)