The king is heavily criticized by the clergy, who refuse to billet his soldiers, and his wife for parading the pregnant Madame de Montespan at court. A particular enemy of the lady is Madame de Foix, whose son was passed over as the justice minister. Fabien, still investigating the minister's death, believes he was murdered but not by his widow, who herself succumbs to poison. Philippe's resumed sexual affair with the Chevalier is rudely interrupted when Louis orders him to marry Liselotte, princess of Palatine, to secure a German alliance against the Dutch. A lavish ball is held to welcome her at which de Montespan goes into labour, whilst in the palace grounds the royal gardener, Jacques, has a fatal encounter with a sinister stranger .
don @ minifie-1
Did You Know?
A tiny Madame de Montespan is shown being laced into a very tight corset to attend a ball right before giving birth. However, the real de Montespan, who was THE fashion trend-setter during her "reign" as the leading lady of Versailles, often wore gowns that were very loose and unfettered. This looseness was specifically designed to provide her easier movement during her frequent pregnancies (seven with King Louis after two with her husband, for a total of nine). By her late thirties, after her many pregnancies and due to a love of food, the real Montespan was actually quite heavy. See more