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This historical drama series takes place in the late 1600's and follows France's 28 year old King Louis XIV during the construction of his palace at Versailles. As a way to show his power over the nobles he decides to move the court from Paris to Versailles, forcing them to feel imprisoned and causing them to become outraged and defiant against their king. He presses forward with the construction of his grand palace, and it becomes a lavish residence filled with secrets, lies, love affairs, and political unrest.

Ovation
2 Seasons, 20 Episodes
November 6, 2015
Drama
7.9/10
Cast: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman
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  • Montespan seals a pact with the Devil by taking part in a black mass orchestrated by the defrocked priest Etienne Guibourg. Fabien and his men interrupt the satanic ritual at its climax, but Montespan manages to escape without being seen. In Court, Philippe diligently enforces Louis' commands and grows closer to Thomas, who seems to have fallen under his charm. Chevalier, ravaged by jealousy, is determined to fight off and eliminate his new rival. Palatine's joy at her pregnancy turns to dismay when she learns that her people have been decimated by the King's armies. Louis, accused of authorising the massacre of the Palatinate, breaks down: Has God completely abandoned him? He turns to the only person who can bring him internal peace: Madame Scarron, now Madame de Maintenon. Louis, reassured once again, realises that Agathe could be at the source of the poison scandal.

  • Louis is determined to regain control over his palace and his life. He begins by ending his relationship with Montespan. Humiliated in front of the Court, she decides the unthinkable: if God has forsaken her, then it's to the Devil she must now turn. Palatine falls gravely ill, leading to fears she has been poisoned. But these fears are lifted when her diagnosis is revealed: she is pregnant. The Duke of Cassel, poisoned by Sophie, dies a slow and lingering death. Knowing he is on borrowed time, he reveals to Louis Thomas' true intentions. Gaston's misdoings backfire on him when the Maquet's, ruined by his blackmail, put an end to his days within the walls of Versailles. Fabien agrees to return into the King's service, determined to avenge Claudine's death and to finally put an end to the Poison Scandal.

  • The King's army wins several victories on the Dutch front, but it isn't enough for Louis, who wants to crush Holland and bring Guillaume d'Orange to his knees. But he doesn't foresee Guillaume's guile. He draws Louis into a trap and forces his army to retreat. During this time, in Court, Marie-Thérèse oversees a pious, austere rule. But her authority is questioned by the courtiers, starting with Philippe, who takes on the role of King-for-a-Day during the visit of the Sultan of Bijapur. Philippe gets caught up in the game, spurred on by Montespan, and disobeys the Queen's orders by organising a decadent evening in his quarters. Montespan takes advantage of the evening to push Isabelle, who she views as a potential rival, to the worst excesses. In town, Claudine has finally uncovered the source of the poisons, but she has also attracted the attention of dangerous criminals.

  • Louis is afflicted by terrible insomnia, which feeds his paranoia. He dismisses Fabien from his duties, and distances himself more and more from his entourage - with the exception of Montespan. Fabien goes to live with Claudine to start a new life, but Claudine continues her investigations into the source of the poisons. Gaston has made a pact with Agathe: having won back the favour of the Court, he must help Montespan to rid herself of her enemies, and expand the witch's customer base. Louis decides to assign the Dutch War to Philippe, much to everyone's surprise. But his paranoia prevails, and so, to assure his own glory, and to escape the palace that oppresses him, Louis eventually decides to go into battle himself. Philippe, humiliated, finds unexpected comfort in the arms of Palatine. Consumed with jealousy, Chevalier seduces Isabelle, Colbert's young niece, who has newly arrived to Versailles.

  • Poisonings continue to spread, and Fabien's investigations have reached a dead end. The King's decisions are criticised, such as his appointment of Cassel to the position of Minister of Justice. To ensure Cassel is kept under constant surveillance, Louis decides that he must marry Sophie. She finds comfort in the Princess Palatine, to whom she has become lady-in-waiting. The marriage of Philippe and Palatine is celebrated, but Philippe, under pressure from the Chevalier, is unable to fulfil his conjugal duty...In the Court, Madeleine de Foix is deeply offended by Cassel's appointment: she had done everything in her power to ensure the position was given to her son Gaston! Montespan welcomes her friend, the humble Madame Scarron, into the Court as the governess to her child.

  • The Church rises up against the King, commanding him to end his adultery with Montespan. The bishop Bossuet forms an alliance with Father Pascal, who has come to the Court at the Queen's behest to return order and morality to the Palace. But Louis remains deaf to their orders. He has managed to convince Philippe to return to Versailles, or more to the point, has coerced him, by returning to him Chevalier who he had exiled to Italy. But on his return, Philippe must wed the bride that Louis has chosen for him: the Princess Palatine. Fabien continues to investigate the poisonings with the help of Sophie, who is spying for him in the parlours. Montespan fears that the King will lose interest in her once she gives birth...so she seeks to retain his love by following the advice and aphrodisiacs procured by Madame Agathe.

  • In the Season 2 premiere, the palace of Versailles is admired from all over the world, and the king's army grows as Louis prepares to invade Holland. Louis finds strength and comfort in the arms of Madame de Montespan, who is pregnant with their child. A playwright is welcomed.

  • Henriette's health violently deteriorates. The poisoning theory is confirmed. The Palace is locked down and Claudine gives her all to save her patient. Louis is devastated. He wants to save his son from the stuffy atmosphere of the Court and entrusts him to the care of Rohan. After a lengthy agony, Henriette dies, surrounded by the two men of her life, her lover and her husband. Philippe decides to abandon the Court forever. In the forest, conspirators under orders from Rohan kidnap the Dauphin. The King has lost his love, his brother and, now, his son.

  • Henriette masterfully leads the negotiations with her brother King Charles II. She returns to France in great honour, though gravely weakened by a mysterious illness. Montespan's power continues to assert itself, both in the court and in Louis' heart. The snare tightens around the conspirators: Fabien is determined to take revenge for Beatrice's treason. Louis' son comes to visit his father, who wishes to teach his Dauphin the art of kingship. He tasks his best friend, Rohan, to teach the Dauphin to hunt.

  • Philippe is deeply upset and agitated at the arrest of the Chevalier. Though poisoned by Beatrice, Fabien manages to escape from the Palace and find refuge with Claudine. Louis receives the ambassador of Charles II, King of England, to propose a secret agreement to invade Holland. Charles' sister, Henriette, is secretly designated to be ambassador of France. The conspirators seize the opportunity and plan Henriette's assassination. Unknown to Louis, his most dangerous enemy is among his closest friends.

  • Louis is gravely ill. This offers opportunity for the conspiracy to act. Cassel, Montcourt, Beatrice and the Chevalier de Lorraine are now united with the aim: to put Philippe on the throne, with the help of William of Orange, the sworn enemy of the King and General of Holland. But Louis makes a miraculous recovery and the Chevalier is arrested for treason. He is thrown in jail and awaits execution.

  • After the war, the soldiers were requisitioned to carry out the work on the palace of Versailles. But worn by the hardness of their task, their lives and broken promises, they revolt. Two thousand of them lay down their tools. Convinced by Madame de Montespan, the Duke of Cassel went to Versailles to attend the festivities. The king has just decreed that nobles that locate in the area will be relieved of their debts. No castle or land, the Duke of Cassel must resolve to stay.

  • Louis has one thing in mind: Versailles. For the nobles to come to Versailles, the king demanded the representatives of high society bring him their noble titles, only guarantors of their privileges. First to be stripped of his title, Montcourt seeking the support of the Duke of Cassel, one of the North's most powerful nobles, who bears the king in high esteem. Louis asks the queen to leave the mourning to welcome his guest: Prince of Assini, able to open his trade routes in West Africa.

  • 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 want to be on the field of the future battles.

  • Louis XIV is 28 years old. It is a year since the death of his mother. He is now alone in the seat of power. Haunted by the trauma of the nobles' Fronde revolt, he needs to keep his rebellious aristocrats in check.

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