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Philip Mansel

The Sun King and the English: from Francophobia to Francophilia

Philip Mansel

Friday, 3 April 2020

4:00pm

1 hour

Bodleian: Divinity School

£7 - £12.50

Historian Philip Mansel argues that francophilia is as English as francophobia and you only need look as far as Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and its first owner John Churchill for the evidence.

Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, defeated the French armies but began his military career fighting for Louis XIV in the 1670s when England and France were allies. Louis XIV was at war with England from 1689 to 1697 and from 1702 to 1712, when Protestant propaganda compared him to Atilla the Hun. In peace time English visitors flocked to Paris and Versailles. Churchill’s home, Blenheim Palace, was partly inspired by Versailles as were many other English homes including Hampton Court, Winchester Palace, Chatsworth, Boughton and Petworth.

Mansel is a historian of France and the Middle East. His latest book is King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV. He is also author of Aleppo: the Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City and Constantinople: City of the World’s Desire 1453-1924.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming