Nicolas Fouquet Marquis de Belle-Île, Vicomte de Melun et Vaux

In French

Nicolas Fouquet est sans doute, l’un des personnages les plus fascinants du règne de Louis XIV. Surintendant des finances du roi, découvreur des plus grands artistes du XVIIème siècle,et bâtisseur du splendide château de Vaux le Vicomte Fouquet a connu une ascension fulgurante et l’une des chutes les plus vertigineuses de l’Histoire.


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“Les Rois de France: Henri IV” and “Louis XIV: Les Passions du Roi Soleil.”

Here are two documentaries (yes, they are in French) entitled, Les Rois de France: Henri IV and Louis XIV: Les Passions du Roi Soleil.

The final documentary, Palais de L’Elysee, discusses the history of the palais which is now residence of the President of France.



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“The Journey of Peter the Great to Versailles”

“When he came to power in 1689, Tsar Peter the Great began to force through the modernisation of Russia. But one country fascinated him: the France of Louis XIV. He went there in 1717. The Palace of Versailles and Peterhof Palace invite you to discover this famous voyage.”

Subtitled for those who do not speak French nor Russian.

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Random Royal News Regarding His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. Plus, News About the History of Chocolate at Court of Versailles (It’s a Slow News Day)

Recently, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg participated in a charity race in Austria entitled, Ischgl Heroes Challenge.  Click here to read an article as well as to view photos from  It’s in English by the way.   🙂

Finally, on the official website for Château de Versailles there is an interesting article about the history of chocolate at the legendary court.  Click here to read the article. (in English)

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‘Marie Antoinette: The Scapegoat Queen’: A Documentary About the Last Queen of France. Plus, other Films about the French Monarchy

Here is a documentary about the last queen of France entitled, Marie Antoinette: The Scapegoat Queen.  Click the links below to watch this five-part series:

Finally, the French historian, William Beik, from Emory University in the United States gives a lecture about the lives and landscape of the French monarchy   “… [which focuses on] and discusses the lives of the monarchs, including Kings Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI, and the transformation of French culture into the pinnacle of art and refinement.”  

Following Mr. Beik is designer and lecturer Christian Duvernois who discusses “… the gardens of Versailles and the two passionate ‘royal landscape designers’ who spent time working on these gardens: Louis XIV and Marie-Antoinette.”  

If you loathe listening to dry and otherwise boring university professors chit-chat about detailed history you can skip this program.  If not, click the link here to watch. 

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Château de Versailles, King Louis XIV of France, and Le Petit Trianon: Three Documentaries

Well, it’s that time of the week again!  Yes, it’s royal documentary time, my friends.   🙂   Tonight the subject is all things French and royal.

The first documentary is entitled, The Palace of Versailles.  The program is somewhat short, but nonetheless fantastic.  Click the links to watch:  Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart Four and Part Five.  

The second documentary is entitled, Versailles: The Dream of a King. The focus is on Louis XIV aka the Sun King and the building of Versailles:

The film recreates the life and loves of France’s most famous king, Louis XIV. Dubbed the Sun King by his admiring court, Louis conquered half of Europe, conducted dozens of love affairs and dazzled his contemporaries with his lavish entertainments. But perhaps his greatest achievement – and certainly his longest lasting love – was the incredible palace he built at Versailles, one of the wonders of the world.





Finally, here is a short program, a total of 6:09 minutes, about the restoration of Le Petit Trianon from TV5 Monde Europe.  Yes, it’s in French.  Click here to watch.  And, a program regarding the restoration of the La Galerie des Glaces at Versailles.  Again, it’s in French… sorry about that.   Click here to watch. 

Photo courtesy of:  Wikipedia

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Thrones in Majesty: A New Exhibit at Château de Versailles

I thought I would share this bit of information with all of you.  Starting on March 19, 2011, there will be a new exhibit opening at the magnificent Château de Versailles entitled Thrones in Majesty.

Per the official website for Château de Versailles:

Approximately 40 emblematic thrones from different periods and civilisations are on display in the Grand Apartments of the palace of Versailles. They will help visitors better understand the universality of the seated representation of religious or political authority.

Thrones in Majesty features exceptional pieces on loan from the Vatican, Beijing’s Forbidden City and royal palaces in Madrid, Warsaw and other European capitals. Emblematic chairs, including those of King Dagobert, Napoleon, the restored king Louis XVIII and Pope Pius VII’s sedia gestatoria are on display with Taino, African, Chinese, Thai and other thrones in a fitting setting.

Here is a small clip detailing what visitors can expect to see: Video

So if you happen to be visiting France, or perhaps you live there, between March 19 through June 19, 2011 it would definitely be worth checking out this exhibit at Château de Versailles.

Source: Château de Versailles

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Snowy Palaces!

A snow storm blankets one of the most beautiful palaces in the world…Versailles.

Hampton Court in Britain is also in a similar situation.  Stunningly beautiful!

Photos courtesy of Daily (Nick Wilkinson@, EPA, and Bertrand Barbe @Château de Versailles Official FaceBook page.

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