Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Guest Post + GIVEAWAY!!!

I love to read everything and anything about Louis XIV.  And I absolutely Loved BEFORE VERSAILLES, by Karleen Koen (read my Review here).

Today, I am thrilled to present to you a Guest Post by Karleen Koen on my very favourite king, Louis XIV- and along with this a GIVEAWAY of the book!


Guest Post by Karleen Koen:

What makes Louis XIV stand out from other French kings?

Louis XIV was the star of his century--watched by all, feared by many, emulated by every king on every throne. There have been other strong French kings, but Louis was the first to create a true centralized monarchy based on a hard-working and loyal bureaucracy. (Cardinal Richelieu began the task of uniting France, but Louis finished it.)

 Louis created the first modern army, created academies of science and arts to further all disciplines. He created a strong economy. His court had been filled with powerful nobles, willing to go to war against the monarchy. He was able not only to tame them (beginning with his surprise arrest of a powerful minister), but by the time he was 30, he had created an atmosphere in which pleasing the king was foremost in a courtier's mind. His abilities were extraordinary. 

He was hard working, intelligent, determined, and he often delegated to men just as intelligent as he was. Jean Baptiste Colbert, one of his ministers,dug the ditches to create the strong structure of Louis's monarchy, but Louis was engine of it, the magnet around which it all revolved, and he was able to hold the center firmly. He made himself a star, and he made certain that people wanted to stand in the light he reflected--an amazing marketing ploy.  

Karleen Koen (www.karleenkoen.net) is the New York Times bestselling author of Through a Glass Darkly, Now Face to Face, and Dark Angels, an Indie Next List bestseller and a BookSense pick. She lives in Houston, Texas.  Before Versailles is available in bookstores and online.

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Open to US and Canada  -   GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!  (Winner Announced on Sunday, September 30th)

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Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

Louis XIV is absolutely fascinating to me! Thanks for the great guest post!

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I posted about the giveaway on my FB page.

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I tweeted: https://twitter.com/abookishaffair/status/250950476688916480

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Linda said...

I loved the previous novels by Ms. Koen. I would love to win this book, anxious to know more about Louis XIV. thanks for the giveaway. I am a Google follower.
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I would love to read about Louis XIV. Thank you for entering me.

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I would love to learn more about Louis XIV. Thanks for the chance to wina copy of this book!
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Thank you for this awesome giveaway. I follow your blog and my email is Chris327@mac.com

Tammy Hall said...

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SidheKist said...

Another one that's been on my list for quite some time! I recently read another novel that touched on Louis XIV -- "To Dance With Kings" by Rosalind Laker... and I loved it.

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If I didn't miss it I would love to be included in your giveaway! Thank you!

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