The conundrum posed at the heart of Philip Mansel’s thoroughly researched new narrative about the life of Louis XIV, King of the World 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. Mansel’s biography just out with Penguin Books is a rich and rewarding read.
Our conversation is peppered with colourful anecdotes and arresting insights:
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