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Philip Mansel

Philip Mansel received his doctorate for a thesis on The Court of France 1814-1830 at London University in 1978. He has written lives of Louis XVIII (1981) and the Prince de Ligne (2003); histories of Constantinople: City of the World's Desire 1453-1924 (1995) and Paris between Empires 1814-1852 (2001); studies of The Court of France 1789-1830 (1989) and royal and court dress from Louis XIV to Elizabeth II, Dressed to Rule (2005). His latest books are Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean (2010), a history of Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut since 1600, and, co-edited with Torsten Riotte, Monarchy and Exile: the Politics of Legitimacy from Marie de Medicis to Wilhelm II (2011). He is currently writing a biography of Louis XIV. Six of his books have been translated into French. In 1995 he was a founder with David Starkey, Robert Oresko and Simon Thurley of the Society for Court Studies, and he is the Editor of the Society's journal, The Court Historian. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Asiatic Society, and the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the Conseil Scientifique of the Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles. His web site can be visited at