Louis XIV and the fifteen women who played their part in the drama of his court. It is not a gossipy book for those who want that sort of court picture, but each of these women is treated in rather sober historical style, from the conservative viewpoint of their part in the picture of the times. The author takes them chronologically -- Nino de L'Enclos, Mile. de Montpensier, La Valliere, Montespan, Maintenon, and others. At the close of the book, important family trees of the period are introduced. Good reference book.