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by Tony Spawforth

  • ISBN: 0312357850
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  • Author: Tony Spawforth
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Pages: 320 pages
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  • Rating: 4.7
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A well-written history of the building and various remodeling efforts undertaken at Versailles, this book managed on a several occasions to prove interesting

A well-written history of the building and various remodeling efforts undertaken at Versailles, this book managed on a several occasions to prove interesting. However, I found the amount of detail on the actual construction of the palace to be, on the whole, rather meager; greater emphasis was devoted to the ridiculous court etiquette. As noted in the book, there were a a few occasions where court etiquette necessitated a quirky floor plan or structural modification to the palace, but on the whole the emphasis on etiquette seemed odd.

The behind-the-scenes story of the world’s most famous palace, painting. The chapters do more to illustrate what life was like at Versailles than to show a biography of the palace itself. Therefore, the sub-title A Biography of a Palace is misleading. Spawforth, however, does illustrate in somewhat entertaining detail what court life at the palace was like. He includes detail about etiquette, for instance, when men could put their hats back on, as well as daily life of the Spawforth's Versailles is more a biography of court life than a biography of the palace itself.

VERSAILLES: A Biography of a Palace. Пользовательский отзыв - Kirkus. Portrait of the evolution of French court life and politics at Versailles. British scholar Spawforth (Ancient History/Newcastle Univ. The Complete Greek Temples, 2006, et. details the construction. He is currently professor of ancient history at Newcastle University in England.

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Versailles : A Biography of a Palace. Professor of Ancient History and Greek Archaeology Tony Spawforth. Walmart 9780312603465. This button opens a dialog that displays additional images for this product with the option to zoom in or out. Tell us if something is incorrect. Many books have told the stories of the royals and artists living in Versailles, but this is the first to turn its focus on the palace itself-from architecture to politics to scandal to restoration.

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A Biography of a Palace. The book brings out clearly the fateful consequences for the French monarchy of its relocation to Versailles and also examines the changing place of Versailles in France’s national identity since 1789

A Biography of a Palace. The book brings out clearly the fateful consequences for the French monarchy of its relocation to Versailles and also examines the changing place of Versailles in France’s national identity since 1789. Many books have told the stories of the royals and artists living in Versailles, but this is the first to turn its focus on the palace itself--from architecture and politics to scandal and restoration.

The story of Versailles is one of high historical drama mixed with the high camp and glamour of the European courts, all in an iconic home for the French arts. The palace itself has been radically altered since 1789.

The Palace of Versailles is an opulent complex and former royal residence outside of Paris. It has held sway in the public imagination for years because of its architectural grandeur and political history. To the public imagination, Versailles is the epitome of opulence," said Louise Boisen Schmidt, a Denmark-based writer at This Is Versailles Their virtuosity formed the star turn of a tour of the gardens," writes Tony Spawforth, a professor at Newcastle University, in his book "Versailles: A Biography of a Palace" (St. Martin's Press, 2008). The effects were the work of engineers whose machines made Versailles a hydraulic as much as an artistic wonder.

The behind-the-scenes story of the world’s most famous palace, painting a picture of the way its residents truly lived and examining the palace’s legacy, from French history through today

The story of Versailles is one of historical drama, under the last three kings of France’s old regime, mixed with the high camp and glamour of the European courts, all in an iconic home for the French arts. The palace itself has been radically altered since 1789, and the court was long ago swept away. Versailles sets out to rediscover what is now a vanished world: a great center of power, seat of royal government, and, for thousands, a home both grand and squalid, bound by social codes almost incomprehensible to us today.

Using eyewitness testimony as well as the latest historical research, Spawforth offers the first full account of Versailles in English in over thirty years. Blowing away the myths of Versailles, he analyses afresh the politics behind the Sun King’s construction of the palace and shows how Versailles worked as the seat of a royal court. He probes the conventional picture of a “perpetual house party” of courtiers and gives full weight to the darker side: not just the mounting discomfort of the aging buildings but also the intrigue and status anxiety of its aristocrats. The book brings out clearly the fateful consequences for the French monarchy of its relocation to Versailles and also examines the changing place of Versailles in France’s national identity since 1789.

Many books have told the stories of the royals and artists living in Versailles, but this is the first to turn its focus on the palace itself---from architecture and politics to scandal and restoration.


Reviews about Versailles: A Biography of a Palace (7):
Umor
While thoroughly researched, this book is somewhat carelessly composed, with the author repeating entire passages in multiple chapters. The first time I encountered this I suspected I had perhaps read ahead, but it happens repeatedly throughout the book, either suggesting poor editing or an attempt to lengthen the chapters. There are other books that do a more thorough and scholarly job of documenting what is without doubt a fascinating location that was central to the history of France; I'd suggest those over this book.
Vichredag
I usually don’t read this type of reading but I really enjoyed this book. The writing was very descriptive and it kept my attention.I would highly recommend this book for history lovers and people who would like to read something different.
Kirizius
What a wonderful read! Loved knowing more about a fascinating place that has changed over and over in its rather short life.
Brick my own
Being crazy about Versailles, and fascinated by all things related to that era, I thought I would be in love with this book, but there were several chapters that were seriously dry reads. I was expecting more "behind the scenes" palace intrigue, and got a lot more geography of the actually building construction than I was personally interested in. I think I know a lot more about the palace now--which was my goal before taking our trip, but I probably could have skimmed a few chapters (as I had purchased many books to read, and this one slowed me down a bit). I do believe it to be a well-researched book, that examines the palace (and surrounding village) with great attention to detail.
virus
This is not a "coffee table" picturebook of Versailles. There are plenty of those to be had. What's been missing from the literature on this subject has been a book that explains the workings of the palace, its social and political context and the routines and rhythms of day-to-day life in what was, essentially, an enormous gilded cage for the French nobility. This book begins to fill that niche. My only complaint would be that the author could have included a few more architectural drawings to illustrate the evolution of the palace and the changing arrangement of rooms over the reigns of the three kings of France who lived in Versailles. These developments are discussed in interesting detail, but the effect is diminished without a visual to assist the reader. Overall, a very good and interesting read.
Kalv
A well-written history of the building and various remodeling efforts undertaken at Versailles, this book managed on a several occasions to prove interesting. However, I found the amount of detail on the actual construction of the palace to be, on the whole, rather meager; greater emphasis was devoted to the ridiculous court etiquette. As noted in the book, there were a a few occasions where court etiquette necessitated a quirky floor plan or structural modification to the palace, but on the whole the emphasis on etiquette seemed odd. Also, strangely, the history of the palace after the revolution, particularly int he 19th century during which most of the modifications were made to the palace in its transition to a museum and conceivably better documented, were glossed over.

Warning to fellow e-book readers - there were no illustrations and the formatting/footnotes were useless. There were also a myriad of typos and punctuation errors, which I presume happened during the translation into an electronic format.

Lastly, I laughed-out-loud when the author lamented that Versailles is a victim of global warming, because a 200+ year-old tree planted by Marie Antoinette was felled by a recent windstorm. Um...old trees have been toppled by wind since there were old trees and wind.
Jockahougu
After touring the Palace of Versailles, I returned home eager to read more. This book was great at breathing life into Versailles. However, I gave it four stars because sometimes the timeline didn't seem to connect. Other times, I was given information that seemed on the edge of more, yet that was the all of it. It also wasn't always clear why the book jumped back and forth in time. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I highly recommend it if you have an interest in Versailles. I wish I had read it before touring the palace. Thankfully, I had my iPod and took lots of pictures and video to look at as I read.

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