Versailles (2009)

60 minutes

The story of the rise and fall of one of Europe's most splendid palaces.

60 minutes

The story of the rise and fall of one of Europe's most splendid palaces.

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Watch Versailles - 2009 Season 1 Episode 3 - Countdown to Revolution

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s1e3 Countdown to Revolution
February 15, 2012
Lavish drama-documentary chronicling the final days of the Bourbon dynasty under the ill-fated Louis XVI and his Queen, Marie Antoinette. Unlike his highly-sexed forebears, it takes Louis seven years to consummate his marriage - and his performance as ruler of France is no more distinguished than his efforts in the royal bed chamber. The French people are starving, but the aristocracy is too busy partying inside the gilded palace of Versailles to take much notice. Louis tries to make a difference, but his every attempt at reform is blocked by his greedy relatives. Marie Antoinette gets much of the blame for the excesses of the rich, even if she never uttered the famous words "let them eat cake". As he drifts into depression and madness, Louis and his Queen attempt to stave off a revolution, pleading with the nobility to accept reform. But it is too late - the astonishing extravagance of Versailles, which once served the glory of France so well, backfires into the ending of the monarchy itself.
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Watch Versailles - 2009 Season 1 Episode 2 - The Palace of Pleasure

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s1e2 The Palace of Pleasure
February 8, 2012
A glorious costumed romp through the most scandalous years of the Palace of Versailles, telling the story of Louis XV, one of history's greatest libertines. Louis ruled for almost 60 years, when the salons of Versailles were filled with the glories of the Age of the Enlightenment, and a society freeing itself of the constraints of the previous century. As a military leader he was popular and successful, but he then led France into the disastrous Seven Year War with Britain. As his Empire dwindled and his treasury emptied, Louis amused himself with a series of scandalous love affairs, set up his own private brothel in the gardens of his palace and bedded five sisters from the same aristocratic family. He fathered at least 30 illegitimate children, survived an assassination attempt and for many years effectively shared power with his favourite mistress - the glamorous and brilliant Madame Pompadour. This is a florid and hugely enjoyable saga of sex, war, torture, gluttony, and some truly astonishing wigs.
Watch Versailles - 2009 Season 1 Episode 1 - The Dream of a King
s1e1 The Dream of a King
July 18, 2009
July 18, 2009
The Dream of a King
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Watch Versailles - 2009 Season 1 Episode 2 - The Palace of Pleasure
s1e2 The Palace of Pleasure
February 8, 2012
February 8, 2012
The Palace of Pleasure
Watch Versailles - 2009 Season 1 Episode 3 - Countdown to Revolution
s1e3 Countdown to Revolution
February 15, 2012
February 15, 2012
Countdown to Revolution
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