TV shows such as Versailles and Reign dwell on sex. But the French royals were preoccupied with life's intimate moments, from bodily emissions to the crowds that gathered to watch the queen give birth.
Donald Trump has a Versailles-inspired apartment. There's a popular TV series and now, a new exhibition of treasures from the palace. A glittering symbol of aristocratic frivolity, Versailles was, in fact, a place of awesome royal power.
Sara Panata, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS); Emilie Guitard, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) et Laure Assaf, Université Paris Nanterre – Université Paris Lumières