Versailles is par excellence a visual experience and a biography of the palaces development should ideally be full of visual information to accompany the text one day i hope the book might be republished together with scores of photos black and white it doesnt matter so we can see all these enthralling figures these kings and queens these courtiers and artists these ambassadors . Spawforths versailles is more a biography of court life than a biography of the palace itself the chapters do more to illustrate what life was like at versailles than to show a biography of the palace itself therefore the sub title a biography of a palace is misleading. The palace itself has been radically altered since 1789 versailles sets out to rediscover what is now a vanished world a great center of power and for thousands a home both grand and squalid using the latest historical research spawforth offers the first full account of versailles in english in over thirty years he probes the . The story of versailles is one of historical drama under the last three kings of frances old regime mixed with the high camp and glamour of the european courts all in an iconic home for the
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