The Real Versailles

The Real Versailles

Helen Castor and Lucy Worsley tell the real-life stories supporting one of earth's greatest buildings Since BBC Two premieres its lavish fresh drama set at the sumptuous surroundings of Versailles. They reveal that the colourful world of sex, intrigue and drama that Louis XIV and his courtiers inhabited. Lucy untangles Louis's complex world of feasting, fashion and court etiquette, while Helen unpicks the world of court politics and delves into the archives that Louis created. We meet with the people behind the on screen personalities and see that which drove Louis to glorify his reign on a scale unmatched by any preceding monarch, examine the stress between Louis and his brother Philippe, a conflict protagonist and overt gay, plus so they meet with the coterie of women who collaborated for Louis's attention. We see that Louis was succeeded in beating his enemies and callous in his quest for glory. France became renowned for sophistication and the culture.