The show centres around the French monarchy during the reign of ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV (played in the drama by George Blagden). In the third season, the king’s brother Philippe returns to court with the spoils of war: the vanquished Emperor Leopold, no less.
In this season we finally see the completion of the palace of Versailles, with the impressive Hall of Mirrors. However, outside the palace, peasants are revolting, and the king struggles to resolve the dispute.
The third series also sees the introduction of Matthew McNulty (The Musketeers, Misfits) to the cast, as a soldier and member of a family of Parisian cobblers (all boasting, inexplicably, a broad Yorkshire accent).
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