So, you wanna read about...Louis XIV "The Sun King"

I recently received an email from a lovely follower who wanted to know of books that focus on King Louis XIV of France, otherwise known as the Sun King and so I decided to do another So, you wanna read about feature for all of you who would like to know more about this dynamic and intriguing monarch.

To give a little background on Louis XIV, he is one of the longest and most successful reigning monarchs in history. During his 72 year ruling of France he brought culture and art to the country, built the magnificent Palace of Versailles and ruled with an absolute right.  Louis was also known for his charm and good looks and with his two marriages and bevy of spirited mistresses, Louis XIV is most definitely a fascinating historical figure to read about.

Here below are both historical fiction and history/non-fiction titles of books on Louis XIV.

Titles with asterisks are books I've read and recommend...

Historical Fiction

Before Versailles: A Novel of Louis XIV by Karleen Koen (release date:  June 28, 2011)*
Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland*
Louise de la Vallière by Alexandre Dumas
The Courtier's Secret by Donna Russo Morin
The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley
Emilie's Voice by Susanne Dunlap
In the Shadow of the Sun King (Darkness to Light Series, Book 1) by Golden Keyes Parsons (Christian HF)
The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
The French Blue by Richard Wise
The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato
All the King's Ladies by Janice Law

King Louis XIV and Family

The Sun King by Nancy Mitford
Louis XIV by John B. Wolf
Louis XIV by Anthony Levi
Louis XIV and Absolutism by William Beik
Louis XIV (Routledge Historical Biographies) by Richard Wilkinson
Louis XIV by Ian Dunlop
Fanfare for the Sun King by Pamela Cowen
Gardener to the King : A Novel by Frederic Richaud

If you've read any of the books mentioned here and can give a recommendation or I left any titles out please let us know in the comments section below.

Thanks and Happy Reading!



  1. Loved this -- lots of new books to look for. Anything Sandra Gulland writes is gold.

  2. I LOVE this King!! Thanks for this extensive list. Please add to your list my very favourite as well by Vincent Cronin:)

  3. I just purchased Love and Louis XIV: Women in the Life of the Sun King by Antonia Fraser a few weeks ago! Can't wait to devour it :)

  4. I'd add the HF The Sun King Rises by
    Yves Jego & Denis Lepee.

  5. What an extensive list of books. Makes a good list to work from.


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