In the wake of the Fronde in 1667, the French nobility have begun to defy and disobey the monarchy. Young King Louis XIV decides to move the court from the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye near Paris to his father's former hunting lodge near the hamlet of Versailles as a means to force their submission. As Louis renovates and expands his new Palace of Versailles, the nobles-displaced from their usual surroundings but compelled to surround the king-become embroiled in increasingly dangerous intrigues.
Did You Know?
All of the major married couples in this series are first cousins. Henriette of England's mother, Henrietta Maria of France, and Monsieur's father, Louis XIII, were siblings. Maria Theresa's mother is their sister, Elisabeth of France, while her father, Philip IV of Spain is the brother of the king's mother, Anna of Austria. Therefore, she is a double first cousin to her husband, the king. The Emperor Leopold is a first cousin to Maria Theresa, because his mother, Maria Anna was her father's other sister. Leopold's late wife, the queen's half-sister even was his own niece. See more
This first series is set in 1667, but the infamous "black baby" incident, if it happened at all, is reported to have taken place in 1664, three years earlier. See more
Featured in Too Much TV: Episode #1.14
Performed by M83
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