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The Palace of Versailles
Barter, James, 1946-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Lucent Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Describes the building of the extravagant palace at Versailles in its historical context, particularly as a reflection of the personality and influence of Louis XIV.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.9 4.0 31306.
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DC801.V57 B35 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Describes the building of the extravagant palace at Versailles in its historical context, particularly as a reflection of the personality and influence of Louis XIV.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-10. These volumes from the Building History series focus on places that were notable in their times and have relevance today. Each book discusses its subject in a way that enlightens readers about the history and culture of its time and place. Versailles begins with King Louis XIII building a small hunting lodge in the rural hamlet of Versailles in 1623. Through the reigns of Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI, the estate grew into an enormous complex of palaces and related buildings, enhanced by elaborate formal gardens. The book looks not only at architectural considerations but also at the social and political ramifications of housing all the French nobility in one opulent place supported by the labor and taxes of the peasantry. Parthenon begins with the political structure of ancient Greece and then discusses the development of temple building, the construction and destruction in the seventeenth century of the Parthenon, and its importance to Roman, European, and American architecture. Each of these books is informative and useful; however, the lackluster format, covers, and illustrations will do little to draw readers. Small, black-and-white photos, diagrams, and reproductions of paintings, drawings, and engravings appear throughout the books but do not suggest the grandeur of their subjects. Still, these books are informative and should be useful for research. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up‘It's contradictory to write a book about a notable palace and then provide small, dark, dull illustrations. The topic cries out for pictures that are visually appealing, preferably large and in color. The serviceable writing doesn't help matters; though adequate, it is not compelling or even interesting. Although this series supposedly combines history, architecture, science, and biography, Versailles is primarily a description of the structure, and it quickly becomes tedious. The volume contains a few maps, a time line, a much condensed glossary, and an annotated list for further reading of adult books far livelier than this title. While there are errors and omissions throughout, Barter makes two glaring mistakes in the last chapter that call the entire text into question (Madame de Pompadour was Louis XV's mistress, not his wife; Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were executed nine months apart, not on the same day). Overall, an unworthy effort.‘Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.