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Versailles

Versailles

BBC Two 2015

The story of a young Louis XIV on his journey to become the most powerful monarch in Europe, from his battles with the fronde through his development into the Sun King. Historical and fictional characters guide us in a world of betrayal and political maneuvering, revealing Versailles in all its glory and brutality.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Versailles

Versailles - S1E1

#1 - Welcome to Versailles

7.35

Season 1 - Episode 1

In 1667 in France, Louis XIV is a young king who wants to impose his power whereas he is traumatized by the Fronde (the revolt of nobility during Louis XIII's reign) and despite the attacks of conspirators. Then, Louis XIV decides to establish the seat of the power out of Paris, in Versailles. At that time, Versailles is just a hunting lodge but Louis XIV radically wants to transform this castle.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Versailles from 691 votes.

Versailles - S1E2

#2 - I Am the State

7.52

Season 1 - Episode 2

The Queen gave birth to the first royal baby and it triggers some rumors. Besides, Louis XIV's counselors advice him to go to war in order to impose his power. Furthermore, Louis XIV's brother Philippe dreams of glory and want to be on the field of the future battles.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Versailles from 556 votes.

Versailles - S1E4

#3 - The Road

7.56

Season 1 - Episode 4

Louis was furious on hearing the exploits of his brother Philip on the battlefield; some see it as the most valiant fighters of the army of His Majesty. Louis is furious to learn that the Parthenay family was assassinated on the road to Versailles, a powerful family of South nobles, who came to assure him of their support. If the roads leading to Versailles are not safe, no noble will venturer it. If Versailles is isolated, then the king should give up his plan. Inconceivable for the monarch who sends Fabien Marchal, the head of security, conduct the investigation into the murder of Parthenay and bring the head of the murderers.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Versailles from 500 votes.

Versailles - S2E2

#4 - A Still Small Voice

7.60

Season 2 - Episode 2

The king's bad example is blamed for the nobility's immorality, fuelled by illicit love potions and powders. Philippe must meet his new bride. Another victim of poisoning confounds Marchal.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Versailles from 442 votes.

Versailles - S2E4

#5 - Miasma

7.61

Season 2 - Episode 4

Preparations are made for war abroad, but battles of the sexes are waged within the palace itself, and there will be casualties.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Versailles from 420 votes.

Versailles - S2E5

#6 - War And Peace

7.61

Season 2 - Episode 5

The king's continued insomnia renders him even more volatile, so loyalty counts for little, as Marchal finds to his cost. Claudine investigates the mystery toxin, while Sophie seeks a solution to her miserable marriage.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Versailles from 397 votes.

Versailles - S1E6

#7 - Invalides

7.64

Season 1 - Episode 6

After the war, the soldiers were requisitioned to carry out the work on the palace of Versailles. But worn by the hardness of their task, their lives and broken promises, they revolt. Two thousand of them lay down their tools. Convinced by Madame de Montespan, the Duke of Cassel went to Versailles to attend the festivities. The king has just decreed that nobles that locate in the area will be relieved of their debts. No castle or land, the Duke of Cassel must resolve to stay.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Versailles from 491 votes.

Versailles - S1E3

#8 - Mirror for Princes

7.65

Season 1 - Episode 3

Louis has one thing in mind: Versailles. For the nobles to come to Versailles, the king demanded the representatives of high society bring him their noble titles, only guarantors of their privileges. First to be stripped of his title, Montcourt seeking the support of the Duke of Cassel, one of the North's most powerful nobles, who bears the king in high esteem. Louis asks the queen to leave the mourning to welcome his guest: Prince of Assini, able to open his trade routes in West Africa.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Versailles from 516 votes.

Versailles - S2E1

#9 - The Labyrinth

7.65

Season 2 - Episode 1

A high-profile poisoning in the heart of the French court leaves a coveted vacancy, while pregnant Madame de Montespan exercises her influence at every opportunity. Is someone out to eclipse the Sun King

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Versailles from 474 votes.

Versailles - S2E7

#10 - A Night

7.67

Season 2 - Episode 7

Clandestine discussions and an unexpected close encounter take their toll on Louis's mental state. Back at the palace mistrustful de Montespan questions where Madame Scarron's heart lies, while Queen Marie-Therese appeals to mourning Marchal to return. The lavish French historical drama continues with intense confrontations and exposed jealousies.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Versailles from 401 votes.

Versailles - S2E3
#11 - Who Will Guard the Guards Themselves
7.68
Season 2 - Episode 3

A cool welcome awaits Princess Palatine both in the palace salons and her new husband's bed, but Sophie's destiny is worse. Marchal finds a prime suspect for the poisonings.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Versailles from 432 votes.

Versailles - S2E8
#12 - The New Regime
7.71
Season 2 - Episode 8

Louis resolves to reassess his relationships, while Madame de Montespan is determined to make a memorable impression on him. Philippe fears losing another wife to the poisoning plot, and its unwitting victim Cassel has a revelation to make.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Versailles from 402 votes.

Versailles - S1E7
#13 - Revelations
7.71
Season 1 - Episode 7

Louis is struck down with fever and, whilst the official version is that he has had a hunting accident, the courtiers are suspicious and Philippe lets slip to Rohan that, if his brother dies, he will be regent. When the delirious Louis runs round the palace in his night shirt the facts become visible and the queen, Cassel and others meet secretly to plan ahead should he not survive but Louis recovers, thanks to Claudine Masson, daughter of the late court doctor whom Louis now appoints as his physician. Due to Fabien's spy network he also exposes the conspirators, in particular the CHevalier, and orders arrests to be made whilst finally releasing Mademoiselle de Clermont to become a nun on her request.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Versailles from 469 votes.

Versailles - S2E6
#14 - The Sands Of Time
7.74
Season 2 - Episode 6

Debauchery is banned when Marie-Therese takes charge while Louis is away at war. However, signing an urgent treaty requires a man's touch, if Philippe can be persuaded to play his part. On the battlefield, the king meets his match. The court's shameless decadence cannot be suppressed as the lively period drama continues.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Versailles from 401 votes.

Versailles - S1E8
#15 - Diplomacy
7.75
Season 1 - Episode 8

With his lover in prison and his wife Henriette surviving a miscarriage Philippe is not a happy man but Louis, buoyant at overcoming his enemies, is keen for an alliance with England for an invasion of the Netherlands and sends Henriette to London to see her brother Charles II and negotiate terms. Cassel and others plot to kill her but the conspiracy is denounced to the king by Montcalm, anxious to be reinstated at court. Fabien survives an attempt to kill him whilst Louis has a job offer for Philippe.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Versailles from 464 votes.

Versailles - S3E1
#16 - Smoke and Mirrors
7.76
Season 3 - Episode 1

Louis welcomes a defeated royal relative to the palace, but with unforeseen personal consequences. Philippe stumbles upon a mystery man. Madame de Montespan finds how to hurt a former friend, the King's prim companion Francois de Maintenon.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Versailles from 220 votes.

Versailles - S3E2
#17 - Trust Issues
7.77
Season 3 - Episode 2

Little can be taken at face value as Louis negotiates with Leopold over Spain, the Bastille governor has a sorry tale for Philippe and Sophie surprises Marchal.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Versailles from 210 votes.

Versailles - S1E5
#18 - Bow to Your King
7.78
Season 1 - Episode 5

Hero of the battlefield, Philippe returns from the front transformed. The French soldiers admire the Duke of Orleans, all wreathed in glory. This recognition begins to overshadow Louis. The roads are still not safe just outside Versailles and convoys of attacks are increasing. To celebrate the peace treaty he just signed with the Spanish, the King decides to invite the biggest noble families in Versailles for great entertainment. He invites the Duke of Cassel.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Versailles from 505 votes.

Versailles - S3E6
#19 - The Wheel of Fortune
7.78
Season 3 - Episode 6

Louis hopes diplomacy will hide his duplicity as he works to undermine Leopold while winning over severe cardinal Leto. Marchal helps Philippe learn a family secret, and is troubled by a command from the king.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Versailles from 186 votes.

Versailles - S1E9
#20 - Etiquette
7.82
Season 1 - Episode 9

Louis believes to triumph diplomatically when his queen Henriette negotiates an alliance with England against the Dutch for cash and a guard for her brother, English king Charles II, but when William of Orange personally comes question the Stuart 'reunion', Charles offers him a princess's hand. Rohan continues to elude Marchal's efforts to dismantle the secret society in Orange's service, even arranges the escape of a traitor locked up for torture. Marchal, who is losing Louis' confidence, proves the Pau ladies frauds, discretely executes the mother, his 'lover' and the poison monger, and chases the daughter. Chevalier convinces Philippe not to resent Louis' demand to devise elaborate court etiquette but to enjoy becoming the aristocracy at court's puppeteers, while Louis proudly radiates as a heliocentric sun.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Versailles from 456 votes.

Last updated: mar 13, 2021

Comments

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just finished season one and WOW, just wow. sometimes slow pace, specially at the beginning, but it gets better every episode. the main cast is amazing and the acting is on point. also ended with a great cliffhanger. 10/10 UPDATE: season 2 is even better than season 1. much more fascinating and way way gayer. i loved it! another 10/10 UPDATE 2.0: season 3 is also amazing ?? makes me so sad that its over, but im so glad to have known it

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This series is fantastic! Did anyone notice king Louie XIV is "Athelstan" from Vikings?

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just simply un-fucking-believable :-) even better than The Borgias

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