posted on 29/01/21
They take place every Tuesday from 6–27 April at 4.30pm GMT+1 (11.30am EDT) and, including Q&A, will probably last just under an hour. They are available for viewing for eight weeks after the last episode is streamed.
An electronic invoice will be sent to your e-mail address 1–3 working days after you have completed our registration form. Payment can be made online using AMEX, Apple Pay, Google Pay, MasterCard or Visa.
Please contact us specifying how many subscriptions you would like and who they are for (we require their full name and e-mail address). We will invoice you directly, and after we have received your payment we will release the webinar joining instructions to your friend(s) or family member(s).
No, unfortunately not. The series must be purchased in full.
An e-mail confirmation will be sent to you after you have paid for your subscription, which includes your unique link for joining the webinar. Reminder e-mails will be sent to you one day and one hour before each event. We recommend that you download the Zoom software in advance of the first webinar.
Only one device can be connected to the live broadcast(s) at any one time. If you wish to purchase a second subscription, please contact us.
A recording will be uploaded to a dedicated webpage approximately two hours after the live broadcast. For copyright reasons, these recordings cannot be made available indefinitely; access is granted for eight weeks after the final live broadcast of the series.
Pride, paranoia and insecurity are among the reasons given for Louis XIV’s obsessive creation of a new royal palace and seat of government in a rural backwater. This talk examines the profound “reasons of state” that shaped his vision, including France’s international rivalries and civilisational ambitions, suspicion of the high nobility, and a conviction that the king’s glory was France’s.
Louis XIV’s successor, the handsome Louis XV, was half-hearted about his inherited role as the cynosure of a brilliant court. Louis XV adapted Versailles—still the seat of power—for intimacy with a select few, notably his mistresses. In 1757 there was an attempted regicide. As well as these developments, the talk explores court life and the palace’s varied population under Louis XV.
Louis XV’s awkward grandson Louis XVI had even less desire to shine in majesty. At Versailles, he preferred private pursuits in his nest of backrooms. His queen, Marie-Antoinette, spent freely on a secluded idyll in the grounds. The court thinned. In 1789 an insoluble hole in the public finances triggered a revolution which forced king and court out of the palace—for good.
Emptied but intact, the palace survived the Revolution. In the 1830s King Louis-Philippe, as obsessed with Versailles as his ancestor Louis XIV, poured money into converting the derelict palace into a museum of “France’s glories”. Since the 1890s curators have sought to resurrect the royal palace—a fascinating story. The talk will also probe the popular impact of Versailles in more recent times.
Register for the webinar series for £55