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Series 2 - Episode 8
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The King (“The King!”) arrives back at the palace from war in Holland and dismounts his horse, numb of buttock but clear of mind. He’s got big plans for
: more prosperity and light-filled hallways, fewer mysterious poisonings.
The underlings gather with all the trepidation of an office team whose boss has just returned from a residential training course, but most of them are safe. Louis XIV is mainly concerned with Montespan, whose presence jeopardises Church support for his empirical ambitions, and Cassel, who cannot stop coughing. In Versailles, though, nobody falls out of favour without a fight, or at least a jolly good flounce.
Resolutions are tested as Louis XIV returns to Versailles vowing to purify his private life, while Madame de Montespan hopes to cement her place in his heart. The feelings of Philippe for Chevalier are rocked by an unexpected depth of concern for Princess Palatine, who shows symptoms of possible poisoning. Meanwhile, Fabien Marchal faces a personal appeal to review his refusal to return. George Blagden, Anna Brewster, Alexander Vlahos, Evan Williams, Jessica Clark and Tygh Runyan star in the sumptuous period drama.
Cast & Crew
King Louis XIV
Athenais de Montespan
Gaston de Foix
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