Australian Journal of French Studies

Myth- and Monarch-Making: Claire de Duras’s Pensées de Louis XIV (1827)

Australian Journal of French Studies (2021), 58, (3), 235–247.

Abstract

Louis XIV is one of the most captivating figures in French history despite his myth sitting uneasily alongside a modern Republican France. Louis XIV’s rarely read memoirs provide unique insight into the monarch’s role, demonstrating the tension between God-given right and the day-to-day duties of being a king. Novelist Claire de Duras used the memoirs to compile Pensées de Louis XIV (1827), a collection of seventy selected quotations. This article shows how Duras attempts to reconcile past and present, maintaining the mythical aura of the monarch while also portraying Louis XIV as a figure that might appeal to a post-Revolutionary, post-Imperial society.

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ALLAN, STACIE

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