This new edition charts the reign of Louis XIV and assesses the extent to which he personified absolutism. Drawing upon recent historical research, this title examines historians' views on how far Louis' powers were limited and whether the only respect in which he was "great" was in the realm of presentation and propaganda. This text also examines Louis' religious and foreign policies and his personality and private life. The updated story guides provide a firm basis for answering differentitated, source-based and extended-writing questions. It also contains the new "Access to History" features including points to consider, key issues and profiles.
Richard Wilkinson is now retired. He was a teacher of History at Marlborough School.