Le Petit Trianon.
A queen with a reputation for scandal, Marie Antoinette enjoyed her private spaces with a small circle of friends. A mirrored room kept the judgments of the outside world at bay.
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The first Duke of Montagu was a a Francophile through and through. After spending time with Louis XIV, he dreamed of a Versailles of his own.
On January 18, 1919 the Great Powers met for the opening of the Versailles Conference.
US Signal Corps
The Versailles Conference set up the ill-fated League of Nations. We must not allow the United Nations to suffer the same fate.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1934)
America finds itself in uncharted territory under Donald Trump – not least when it comes to climate change and Israel policy.
When women are remembered as part of the Communist or any other political tradition it’s often as an afterthought, or as part of the support system of the revolution.
Louis XIV (played by George Blagden) cavorts with a young nymph (Alexia Giordano) in Versailles.
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.
US President Donald Trump, flanked by Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (standing, L-R), Vice President Mike Pence, Staff Secretary Rob Porter and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus - in front of the new Oval Office gold curtains.
Yellow-gold, swagged curtains have appeared in the Oval Office. But if Donald Trump wants to emulate the Sun King, he would be advised to look to contemporary artists and designers for inspiration.
The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles Palace.
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.
Passion in Paris.
The ‘French kiss’ didn’t come from France and nor did the ‘French pox’, so does the reputation of France as raunchy stand up to scrutiny?
Louis XIV in new TV drama Versailles.
From the halcyon days of Louis XIV, the French global seat of power was soon pulled down by corruption, elitism and arbitrary rule. Sound familiar?