Philip Mansel Discusses A Life of Louis XIV Podcast

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Philip Mansel discusses the life of Louis XIV in this BookBlat Podcast. The conundrum posed at the heart of his thoroughly researched new narrative asks: How is it that great leaders can delude themselves that they are working for the greater good, but engage in behavior that is so morally wrong?

In bid to answered this paradox, Philip Mansel gave me a tantalising taste of the life and times of Louis XIV, the most dazzling and mesmerising monarch of a sovereign country in European history, and also one of the most cruel. Mansel’s biography just out with Penguin Books is a rich and rewarding read. Get a flavour of it from our conversation. 

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Bilingual editor, rewriter, anthologist, French-to-English translator. Has written for 3am magazine, words without borders, The Independent, The Lady, Banipal, Prospect Magazine, Times Literary Supplement. Currently writes for The BookBlast Diary. Founder (1997) of London-based writing agency BookBlast.