Louis XIV, His Court, and Seventeenth–Century France

Le Clerc, Sebastien and Bailly, Jacques, Tapisseries du Roi, 1670.
Le Clerc, Sebastien and Bailly, Jacques, Tapisseries du Roi, 1670.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, September 27 – November 15

1 - 3 pm

This class has been cancelled.
Led by Jeanine Teodorescu

This course offers a well-rounded introduction to Louis XIV’s energetic and complex personality, his complicated love-life, his sophisticated political skills, and his accomplishments in the expansion and modernization of France. Nancy Mitford’s deeply researched The Sun King and W. H. Lewis’ witty and sharp overview of French society in The Splendid Century will contribute to the accurate assessment of this great and fascinating historical figure. Please read chapter one of The Splendid Century for the first session.

Jeanine Teodorescu holds a PhD in modern languages and literatures (French) and currently lectures at DePaul University.

Materials List

Note: The Newberry Bookstore has a limited stock of these texts. Please remember to call (312) 255-3520 in advance to check current availability.

Required Text(s):

  • W.H. Lewis The Splendid Century–Life in the France of Louis XIV . Waveland Pr Inc, 1997. ISBN-13: 978-0881339215
  • Nancy Mitford’s The Sun Kin, Introduction by Philip Mansel. New York Review Books, 2012. ISBN-978-1-59017-491-3

Readings for the First Session:

  • The Splendid Century: Ch. I, The King pp 3-38.

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification. For more information see the Registration Information page.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Eight sessions, $210.
This class has been cancelled.