Versailles (2015–2018)
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Bow to Your King 

Philippe returns to Versailles a war hero. Louis holds a celebration, while losing confidence in Fabian due to the constant highway robberies that are impeding the funding of his palace. Cassel refuses to attend the celebration.

Director:

Christoph Schrewe

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Simon Mirren (created by), David Wolstencroft (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Blagden ... Louis XIV
Alexander Vlahos ... Monsieur Philippe d'Orléans
Tygh Runyan ... Fabien Marchal
Stuart Bowman ... Bontemps
Amira Casar ... Béatrice
Evan Williams ... Chevalier
Noémie Schmidt ... Henriette
Anna Brewster ... Montespan
Sarah Winter ... Louise de La Vallière
Alexis Michalik ... Rohan
Pip Torrens ... Cassel
Lizzie Brocheré ... Claudine
Anatole Taubman ... Montcourt
Steve Cumyn ... Colbert
Elisa Lasowski ... Marie-Thérèse
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King Louis is furious at his 'guard dog' Fabien Marchal for failing to prevent or punish the increasingly frequent 'brigand' attacks on deliveries for the vast estate's palatial construction and even on royal guests. It's the work of the aristocratic conspiracy against the absolutist policy around the duke of Cassel, who meanwhile rages at his enforcer Montcourt for picking a wrong target and, worse, letting a girl escape who may identify him. Prince Philippe covers himself in glory during the war against Spain, but Louis concludes a discrete peace, claiming he mainly fears for unimpressed Philippe's life. A young royal mistress is denied withdrawal from court to enter a convent in penance, the queen is surprisingly pragmatical about mistresses. Written by KGF Vissers

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30 November 2015 (France) See more »

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by M83 (Opening Credits)
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Versailles 5
16 July 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

King Louis signs a peace treaty which means no more for cross dressing brother Philippe. It turns out that he actually liked war and aroused him more than being with men and women. It seems he might also be shell shocked hence is even more erratic behaviour.

Louis meanwhile is jealous of his war hero brother and also envious and maybe distraught that he did not die in the battlefield.

Louis is also upset about the continuing highway robberies. His guard Fabien although a suspect has been kept alive by the doctor's daughter who performs more feats of medicine, until he spills the beans under duress.

Montcourt seems to like being a brigand but he enrages his backer Cassel for picking wrong targets and letting a girl escape who may identify him. There is a fireworks party given by the king and Cassel has been tempted to visit and he is not impressed by burning pieces of paper, a shame he missed a good fireworks display back at his castle which burned down and he now cannot prove his claim to the aristocracy when demanded by the King's men.

It really is a tale of two brothers at the moment but Louis also shows his slyness by the way he has taken down a rival in Cassel.


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