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In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, decides to build the greatest palace in the world - Versailles. But drained budget, affairs and political intrigues complicate things.
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Series cast summary:
George Blagden ...  Louis XIV 30 episodes, 2015-2018
Alexander Vlahos ...  Monsieur Philippe d'Orléans / ... 30 episodes, 2015-2018
Stuart Bowman ...  Bontemps 30 episodes, 2015-2018
Evan Williams ...  Chevalier 30 episodes, 2015-2018
Tygh Runyan ...  Fabien Marchal 30 episodes, 2015-2018
Joe Sheridan ...  Louvois 28 episodes, 2015-2018
Steve Cumyn ...  Colbert 27 episodes, 2015-2018
Elisa Lasowski ...  Marie-Thérèse / ... 26 episodes, 2015-2018
Maddison Jaizani ...  Sophie 24 episodes, 2015-2018
Anna Brewster ...  Montespan / ... 21 episodes, 2015-2018
Catherine Walker ...  Scarron / ... 19 episodes, 2017-2018
Jessica Clark ...  Palatine 19 episodes, 2017-2018
Pip Torrens ...  Cassel 17 episodes, 2015-2017
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ...  Bossuet / ... 16 episodes, 2015-2018
Lizzie Brocheré ...  Claudine 14 episodes, 2015-2017
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In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, decides to build the greatest palace in the world - Versailles. But drained budget, affairs and political intrigues complicate things.

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16 November 2015 (France) See more »

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Wersal. Prawo krwi See more »

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Season one is set in the year 1667. See more »

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Though the series is set in the 17th century at the early period of Louis XIV's reign, the setting of Versailles is inaccurate due to the building in present state not bearing resemblance to any of the 17th century vestiges thought up of Louis XIV. See more »

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A long way from the truth....
3 January 2016 | by s3276169See all my reviews

Versailles is yet another example of revisionist history that paints a misleading picture of the life and politics of Louis XIV, known as the Sun King.

This drama presents the young French King as an astute, visionary. Much of the narrative is used to make the King sound clever, by having those around him make transparently stupid observations. My favourite is his head of internal security congratulating the King on signing a peace treaty, saying "the war has ended". Its an implausibly absurd comment, given the same head of security is surrounded, at that moment, by men killed as a result of what amounts to a domestic war between the King and elements of the nobility. A war he, as head of internal security, is personally charged with fighting.

The reality of Louis XIV is a lot less glamorous. A parasitic individual, who could only sustain his extravagance through rather ugly acts of domestic usury, theft, international conquest and imperialism. That's not to say Louis was any worse than his contemporaries but, to try to portray him in such an overstated and flattering light, makes a lie of historical truth.

Versailles was hardly the pristine, architectural marvel, its presented as either. People defecated and urinated in hallways, diseases, especially of the venereal variety, were rife. The nobility populating the hallways and rooms of this palace, were not the nice, clean, well scrubbed types presented in this series. They were a dirty lot, who washed infrequently and disguised the stink with powder and perfumes. Simply put, in spite of Versailles visual splendor, it was an unsavory place, filled with indolent, wasteful, maliferous people.

The standard of acting for the series is good and yes, its watchable. It is, after all, inherently interesting material. Yet, so much is misrepresented, that this production is rendered more a fiction than an historical period piece. As such, it should be considered entertainment and little more. Six out of ten from me.


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