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For the [livejournal.com profile] a_war_of_roses "Fandom History 101" challenge; 4/5 Versailles



Title: Versailles
Format: TV Show
Era/Location: 17th Century France
Brief Summary: King Louis XIV, determined to oppose the nobles working against him in Paris, begins an ambitious building project at his father's hunting lodge, Versailles. His personal life is complicated by his relationship with his bisexual brother, Philippe, his affair with Philippe's wife, Henriette, plots against his life, and war with Spain.
Why you like it/would recommend it: The hair! The costumes! The scenery! Phillipe – Alexander Vlahos is amazing as the second son who has never been allowed to overshadow the Sun King and resents his brother's vanity. There are a lot of complicated relationships to explore, a conspiracy to uncover, and some great side characters like Fabien Marchal, the king's head of security, and Claudine, who becomes the king's chief physician despite her gender. There are certainly flaws, historical and otherwise, but there is enough splendour and interesting characters and their relationship dynamics to overlook them.

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