Versailles Season 1 : Versailles, 1667. King Louis XIV is a 28-year-old monarch on the cusp of greatness. A ruthless leader, he will stop at nothing to achieve his vision of creating the most beautiful palace in Europe and seizing absolute control of France and his enemies. In order to rule over the nobility and to permanently impose his absolute power, he launches the construction of Versailles, like one sets a trap. Louis XIV is a young king haunted by childhood trauma, the Fronde, a rebellion of the nobility against his father Louis XIII… Outstanding political strategist, manipulator, Machiavellian, he will “invent” Versailles in order to keep the Nobles away from Paris and under control
Versailles Season 1 Episode 10 : Duchess Henriette becomes suddenly ill when she returns from a visit to her brother in England. They fear she might have been poisoned, so King Louis XIV shuts all access To Versailles.
Versailles Season 1 Episode 9 : Louis believes to triumph diplomatically when his queen Henriette negotiates an alliance with England against the Dutch for cash and a guard for her brother, English king Charles II, but when William of Orange personally comes question the Stuart ‘reunion’, Charles offers him a princess’s hand. Rohan continues to […]
Versailles Season 1 Episode 8 : With his lover in prison and his wife Henriette surviving a miscarriage Philippe is not a happy man but Louis, buoyant at overcoming his enemies, is keen for an alliance with England for an invasion of the Netherlands and sends Henriette to London to see her brother Charles II […]
Versailles Season 1 Episode 7 : Louis is struck down with fever and, whilst the official version is that he has had a hunting accident, the courtiers are suspicious and Philippe lets slip to Rohan that, if his brother dies, he will be regent. When the delirious Louis runs round the palace in his night […]
Versailles Season 1 Episode 6 : Ex-soldiers working on construction at the palace feel aggrieved at their treatment and down tools. On advice from gardener and confidant Jacques, who suggests a war hero act as intermediary, Louis is nonetheless jealously intransigent when Philippe offers his services. The king’s bullying also extends to his refusal to […]
Versailles Season 1 Episode 5 : Philippe returns to Versailles, a super-confident war hero, ready to challenge his brother as the peace treaty with Spain is signed. Louis plans a celebratory party but the attacks on the highway continue and Fabien believes there could be another attempt to kill Louis. Suspicious of Cassel, who refuses […]
Versailles Season 1 Episode 4 : Cassel’s brigands continue to slaughter visitors to Versailles including the king’s god-daughter though Fabien has his suspicions as to their identity and arrests a likely suspect, aiming to trap the murderers. Philippe is declared a hero, following his actions at the siege of Cambrai and Louis sends his brother’s […]
Versailles Season 1 Episode 3 : Louis XIV wants the nobility to live at his side in Versailles. But noblemen and noblewomen have to prove their noble origin to obtain this privilege. Montcourt is one of them, but he can’t prove his noble rank. Then, Montcourt meets a strange Duke called Cassel to help him. […]
Versailles Season 1 Episode 2 : The Queen gave birth to the first royal baby and it triggers some rumors. Besides, Louis XIV’s counselors advice him to go to war in order to impose his power. Furthermore, Louis XIV’s brother Philippe dreams of glory and wants to be on the field of the future battles.
Versailles Season 1 Episode 1 : In 1667 in France, Louis XIV is a young king who wants to impose his power whereas he is traumatized by the Fronde (the revolt of nobility during Louis XIII’s reign) and despite the attacks of conspirators. Then, Louis XIV decides to establish the seat of the power out […]