MEMOIRS OF DUC DE SAINT-SIMON
Vol 1: 1691-1709: Presented to the King
Vol 2: 1710-1715: The Bastards Triumphant
Vol 3: 1715-1723: Fatal Weakness

DUC DE SAINT-SIMON
Translated by LUCY NORTON
3 VOLS 1,586pp ILLUS MAPS 2008-8 OUT OF PRINT (P) B736

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Description
The Duc de Saint-Simon was at the very centre of Louis XIV's court at Versailles, a hotbed of intrigue, passion, jealousy and political skulduggery. With a passion that often tore through the page as he wrote, Saint Simon, a genuinely pious and honest man, spent his lifetime crafting an unblinking record of the court – an eye-witness testimony of wars, intrigues and royal visits. Norton has here provided a modern translation worthy of the original and, where attention to detail at times threatens the narrative flow of the story, abridged the repetitive and irrelevant. The result is a work that allows the modern reader to enjoy the incredible richness of the whole.
The best memoirs in any language . . . a supreme masterpiece. SUNDAY TIMES