Innovator. Tyrant. Consummate showman. Passionate lover of women. After the death of King Louis XIII in 1643, the French crown went to his first-born son and heir, four-year old Louis XIV. In the extraordinary seventy-two years that followed, Louis le Grand – France’s self-styled ‘Sun King’ – ruled France and its people, leaving his unique …

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Day three in Portugal involved a visit to one of my favourite places – Batalha. It’s also a place where I have previously managed to embarrass myself hugely by tripping over whilst wearing a dress and flashing my knickers to everyone. True story. But that, dear readers, is a different story for a different day. …

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