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Dinner at the Senat, 'Louis XIV and the English..."

  • 16 Nov 2019
  • 18:00
  • Salon Poupre, Le Sénat, Palais du Luxembourg, 15 ter rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris


The President and Committee of the Oxford University Society in Paris are pleased to invite you to a dinner at which our speaker will be

Dr. Philip Mansel, FRHistS, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres,

who will give us an illustrated talk on

 Louis XIV and the English: from Francophobia to Francophilia

Time :         6.00 for 6.30 pm apéritif, 7.00 pm dinner*

Dress :         Lounge suits

If you wish to join us for the dinner, please complete and return payment and the linked registration form below as soon as possible to Carol Kent and in any event for receipt by no later than Monday, 4th November, 2019.

*N.B. Please note that the Senate will close its doors at 7.00 pm and that no admission will be possible after that time. So, if you will be attending the dinner, please make sure you arrive WELL BEFORE 7.00 pm.            

Philip Mansel read Modern History and Modern Languages at Balliol (1970) and received his doctorate on the French Court under the Restoration Monarchy from UCL. His first book, Louis XVIII, published in 1981, together with his subsequent works, such as The Court of France 1789-1830 and Paris Between Empires 1814-1852, established him as an authority on the French Monarchy during its Restoration after the French Revolution and the July Monarchy.

In 1995, Philip Mansel founded the Society for Court Studies, together with David Starkey and others. He has also published books related to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East. He has contributed numerous reviews and articles to well-known newspapers and journals and received many awards and decorations.

It may seem surprising, but despite the wealth of historical writing devoted to the period, Philip Mansel’s biography, “King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV”, published in July of this year [*], is by far the most comprehensive and up-to-date biography of “the Sun King”. Going far beyond an account of the public events of the reign which are perhaps better-known, Philip Mansel explores the monarch’s contradictions and his inner life, and presents a masterly depiction of the internal workings of his Court. He has achieved the feat of producing a biography which is both impeccably scholarly and immensely readable!

The dinner will be held in the splendid Salon Pourpre dining room of the Senate. As we are unable to increase the number of places reserved at the venue, we recommend early registration to avoid disappointment. Registrations will be treated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and will be individually confirmed. 

Members must provide their full names and those of their guests to be communicated to the Senate beforehand and photographic identity documents may be required for access to it on the evening.

We look forward to seeing you at the dinner.

Registration form for OUSP Louis XIV dinner 16-11-2019.docx

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