“The Sun King” – Nancy Mitford

This is my new lunch walkabout book.  It’s about Louis XIV and his court. The author has a breezy style that reads well, and the characters come and go, each with an anecdote or two to remember him by.

For example, at the moment a woman, and a married one at that, was annoyed enough by her inability to attract Louis’ eye and become his mistress, finally makes a deal with the Devil to charm him, which apparently worked! She’s now his favorite…

This isn’t the kind of thing that pops up in the usual scholarly book.