The Spider King is Louis XI of France. I'm a bit behind on book reviews (plus I have books waiting to be read), so I'm cutting this review short. If you want to know more about Louis you can read the Wiki page. This was a fairly interesting read throughout, and despite Louis not being 100% likeable all the time (he could a ruthless you-know-what), I did enjoy getting an inside look at the man and his time, and I really have to respect him for his goals for France and what he was able to accomplish. If the man and the period are of interest, I'd definitely recommend it. I did nod off a few times when things were more focused on the battles, but battles aren't usually my cuppa tea.