Colin Jones teaches at Queen Mary University of London and
the University of Chicago. He is the author of many books on French
history, including Paris: A Biography of a City.
"This is not only a splendid, irresistibly readable introduction to
one of the world's most fascinating places, but one of the rare
books that gives us the whole history, down to the present day.
With a sure hand, Colin Jones traces the evolution of Versailles
from grand royal project, to the home of the French court, to the
target of revolutionary furies, to the setting for the proclamation
of the German Empire and the post-World War I peace conference, to
its current role as heritage site and mega-tourist
attraction."--David Bell, Princeton University
"A captivating narrative about a town and building with humble beginnings that became inextricably linked with the sociopolitical trajectory of France...For history buffs and Francophiles this is an engaging, accessible look at the layers behind one of the most well-known places in France."--Publishers Weekly
"Drawing on a burgeoning of recent research and scholarship, as well as memoirs and chronicles, Jones creates an adroit overview of the transformation of Versailles from a rustic hunting lodge to France's most sumptuous palace...A brisk and richly detailed history of a significant place."--Kirkus
"A readable guide to Versailles' history."--Booklist