Episode 2 Versailles


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Episode 2

Sumptuous period drama. Harsh steps must be taken to preserve the royal reputation, while flamboyant Philippe causes a stir of his own.


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This programme contains some violent scenes,

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some strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.

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BABY CRIES

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BABY GURGLES

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APPROACHING FOOTSTEPS

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What news, Sire? Does the child...?

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Stillborn.

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A funeral is planned.

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Have the tailors arrived for our pavilion?

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They are en route.

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It is the talk of the court.

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Sire, my heart is heavy for your loss...

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Ensure the talk does not abate.

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Make it the gossip of the card tables.

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Leave us now.

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Before we begin, Sire...

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You will not address the King directly.

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I think he already has.

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The men we apprehended wore Spanish leather on their person.

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If I wore a pair of clogs, would that make me a Dutchman?

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You would have me be silent?

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Deeply.

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I only wish His Majesty to be aware,

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since we already have a Spanish influence in our lives.

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Her Majesty must remain abed at least a week, Sire.

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And as for the condition of the child, I have an explanation.

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I cannot wait to hear it.

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As you know, Sire, Her Majesty has enjoyed the company

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of a little blackamoor, Nabo.

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She liked to play games with him - peek-a-boo and so on.

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As I understand it, Sire, shortly after Her Majesty fell pregnant,

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Nabo hid behind a piece of furniture and jumped out upon her

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to give her a surprise, and he gave her a look of such force

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that it served to corrupt the royal womb with darkness.

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It must have been a very penetrating look.

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Where is the child now?

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A wet nurse, out of sight.

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She has our trust.

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You're sure?

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Quite sure, Your Majesty.

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Very well. Fabien, do as you must.

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# I was the king of my own land

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# Facing tempests of dust

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# I'll fight until it's the end

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# Creatures of my dreams

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# Raise up and dance with me

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# Now and forever

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# I'm your king! #

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Sire, we may have war, or we may have splendour,

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but I do not believe that we can have both.

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Then it must be war.

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Then the Dutch will secure their trade routes into West Africa,

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and we shall have no part of them.

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To see our rivals profit in wealth and stature from our own inaction

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is not a price we should be paying.

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As lucrative as these routes may be for the Dutch,

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you cannot put a price on glory, Sire.

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The Dutch are mistaken.

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And France has my wife to thank for that.

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SHE WHISPERS IN SPANISH

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You have no colour in your cheeks.

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Unlike your daughter.

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Please, husband. Where is she?

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"Husband".

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Do you know what Socrates had to say about marriage?

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He said, "By all means marry.

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"If you get a good wife, you'll be happy.

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"Get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher."

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I must tell you, madam, I am feeling VERY philosophical.

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Madre de Dios...

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What we do here resonates throughout the world.

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Do you imagine this William of Orange in the north,

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if he knew what had happened here,

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would pause for a second at our borders?

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That he would see the king and his country

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as anything other than weak, debased,

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a laughing stock?

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This was not the act of a wife or queen.

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This was an act of sedition by a traitor.

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Where is our daughter?

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Your daughter is in God's mercy.

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SHE PRAYS IN SPANISH

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French when it pleases you, Spanish when you choose to hide.

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If the court thinks me an idiot,

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at least they think me worthy of something, even if it is pity.

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You will find no pity from me.

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Her Majesty looks unwell.

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See that Masson tends to her.

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Her confinement shall be extended until she is fit to rejoin us.

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When you first came to court, do you remember what I told you?

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That you would reward any favour...with interest.

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Mm-hmm!

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And yet,

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I am still waiting.

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After you had me spread all those lies for you

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about your little blonde friend.

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That's what I love about you, cousin. you're so very patient.

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Never doubt my affection for you.

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Oh! By the king!

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"The King invites you to a private showing of diverse suits of lace..."

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There was a domestic working in the hallway north of the birthing room.

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-Yes.

-Pallid...

-"..from the master tailors, embroiderers..."

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Green eyes, a scar on her chin.

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I want her name.

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"..a carousel will follow in their honour."

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-Mother!

-Aren't you thrilled?

-Oh!

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Have we heard from Rossignol on the cipher?

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-No.

-The moment he sends word, you shall fetch me.

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Yes.

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SHE SINGS IN FRENCH

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DOOR OPENS

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Thank you!

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BABY CRIES

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That is very expensive firewood.

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If I do not burn these, the rest shall die, Sire.

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A greening disease is spread in many, caused by flies.

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But the rootstock is strong,

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and if we can girdle and graft onto the budwood,

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scions take, the trees propagate, the orchard is saved.

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How do you know the rootstock is strong?

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What is the measure?

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I make it my business to know the provenance of every tree

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Your Majesty receives.

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This one came first from the university at Strasbourg.

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This one,

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the botanic garden at Montpellier.

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Before that, China, Arabia.

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To know the seed is to know the root.

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To know the root is to know the tree

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and the fruit that follows thereafter.

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So, I burn the sick to preserve the pure

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and the King shall have his orange blossom.

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You're very well-spoken for a soldier.

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Words are weapons, Sire.

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I've used many in my time.

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But I'm a gardener now.

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My gardener.

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CHURCH BELLS CHIME

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Just look at them.

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A king either rules his ministers or is ruled by them.

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Only power controls a country

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and, as of now, the power lies with them.

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It is time to show them who you are.

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Without the documents of law before us, my edict has no legitimacy.

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Where are the archives and why are they not before us?

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Are they still on the road?

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Sire, the decision was taken to turn the caravan around.

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Taken by whom?

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The road from Paris is very dangerous,

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especially when it approaches the royal lands around this lodge.

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We could not have court materials taken hostage.

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But that is exactly what has happened, Monsieur Louvois.

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The masters of the Tailor's Guild arrived safely.

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One would think the King's guard

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might also stand a chance of survival.

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We think only of security. We merely serve, Your Majesty.

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For now.

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If Monsieur Louvois does not soon hold his tongue,

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I may volunteer to hold it for him.

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I would rather have an honest critic than a false friend, Bontemps.

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Sire, he seems to talk only of his opposition to you.

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He takes contrary positions to all of your plans,

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then declares them thunderously to anyone who will listen.

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And long may he continue.

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I am sure I do not understand, Sire.

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You will.

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What news of your son?

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Bontemps?

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Carmelite and lavender.

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Do you like it?

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Persian silk.

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Leave it alone.

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SHE SOBS QUIETLY

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Forgive me, Monsieur.

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The royal baby...

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We all have a heavy heart.

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I saw something.

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I do not understand.

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The child was alive and the strangest colour!

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-What madness are you speaking?

-Please, Sire, I beg you.

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I say this in the strictest confidence

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and in the spirit of loyalty.

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My mother works for you at Saint-Cloud,

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thus I felt I must speak it.

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Perhaps, you might help me join her there in service?

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I'm so scared!

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The doctors made every effort,

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but the pox was too strong,

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the fever too much.

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It took him.

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I am with you in your loss.

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Go home.

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Sire, you are my home.

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You must grieve while you can.

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I will.

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Be with those you love.

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I am, Sire.

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You defy me?

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My place is with you.

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God is punishing me for hurting those closest to my heart.

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He is testing you, Sire.

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He is offering you a gift.

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Vengeance and mercy are both His to choose.

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They are also yours.

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I believe He placed this child in your care for a reason.

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I've heard enough.

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She is strong. Let her live.

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And then what?

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Come now...

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truly...

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answer me.

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Sire, I do not presume any authority or judgment.

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Of course not.

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A secret such as this has the power of a tide.

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Once released, it will go where it must, beyond our control,

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and that will be the end of my life,

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of your life,

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of everything we know of this court.

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-Sire, I meant only...

-Grieve your loss.

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But do not forget your place.

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That colour...

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She needs the distraction. It will pass.

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You sound very sure.

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You doubt my opinion?

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I only see that she has not recovered.

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You have a different solution?

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Why continue on the same course if there is no improvement?

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Why not change what is being done?

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I am not going to argue with you.

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Besides, what is done is done. Have you packed the bags?

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Father, stop this thinking. It will be the end.

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Of both of us, if we do not take measures!

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Then let me help you.

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We cannot unsee what we have seen!

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And they will kill us for it.

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She needs us here.

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Sire, I serve you now as I served your father.

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He did things as they have always been done.

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I see you as a very different kind of man.

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Born in a new age,

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born perhaps years ahead of all who love and follow you.

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The choice is clear, Sire.

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There are two paths.

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One worn and one yet to be.

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How you plant your next step ahead in this moment

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will determine the way ahead for all of us.

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We know how the kings of the past

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would have moved against this problem.

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But you are different, Sire.

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You are the king of our future.

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The only question is, what kind shall it be?

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Add a monthly stipend to the royal household.

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Under what name should I...?

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The pension must remain outside of record.

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Outside of ALL record.

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Do as you must.

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Baptise it thoroughly.

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See how life fights death.

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Cherish this moment.

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It is God given.

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Stop at once! Fabien!

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Give her to me!

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Our work protects the King.

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Your work here is finished.

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What chance does that wretch have outside these walls?

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That is not your concern.

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Tomorrow, the Gazette de France will report on funeral preparations

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with all consideration of a royal passing.

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A grave is prepared.

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A grave error, to be sure.

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CHOIR MUSIC DROWNS SPEECH

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SHE SOBS

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How is he?

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As you might expect.

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He should be here.

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The King does not mourn.

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In public, perhaps.

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In truth, anywhere.

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It's not only protocol. The man does not weep.

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Not with you, perhaps.

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It takes a woman to see it.

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His heart will be full of sorrow.

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His heart,

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if he has one,

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is a whole other matter entirely.

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Is it not?

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You look nice.

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Our Father, who art in heaven,

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hallowed be Thy name.

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Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.

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Give us this day our daily bread,

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and forgive us our trespasses,

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as we forgive those that trespass against us.

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Lead us not into temptation,

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but deliver us from evil.

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Now and forever.

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Amen.

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Amen.

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BANGS ON DOOR

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Who is that?

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He is your son.

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Louis XIV.

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Not yet, he's not.

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A maid comes crying to you

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and says she's got information about the royal baby and now she's dead.

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Now we're told we cannot leave Versailles

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because the Queen is unwell.

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What's going on?

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What is your brother hiding?

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You know him better than anyone.

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You be careful about what you say and how loudly you say it.

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Do you think the King would think twice about dispatching you?

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Perhaps the baby was alive after all.

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We saw the child buried.

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We saw a BOX buried.

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Your brother thinks you're weak.

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You have more power than you realise.

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Use it!

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I intend to.

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This is your moment to shine, my love.

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I know.

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Show them who you are.

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The Spanish have fortified the towns of Charleroi, Tournai,

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Douai and Lille.

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General Aumont has his troops in the north - Turenne.

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His battalions lie to the east of Cambrai.

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I say cut off all of Flanders, along with Lille,

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and the large Spanish bases in the east,

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Bruges,

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Ghent,

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Brussels

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and Namur.

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But, to achieve your goal,

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we'd have to cut the Spanish off from Tournai and Douai.

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Who would lead our men? Every man is accounted for.

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There is one, perhaps.

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But, in truth, he may not be ready.

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To meet here is too dangerous.

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We cannot leave while the Queen is unwell.

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-The King will not have it.

-Perhaps that is his intention.

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Many noble families will ride in for the carousel of fashion.

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This is our moment to make our case.

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I hear the Duc De Cassel shares our intent.

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Then let him come.

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De Cassel does his own will.

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He's too rich and too powerful to listen to any other man but himself.

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But, if we were to persuade his friends,

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then we might yet persuade him.

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No matter what, the building of Versailles must be stopped.

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We grow in number every day,

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and not even a king can stop a tide.

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I have never seen a cipher quite like this.

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Even Rossignol cannot break it.

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This was in Montcourt's rooms, you say, yet he walks free?

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Free, but not unwatched.

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So, we do not know what it says?

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These symbols share a common thread

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with those we liberated from the prisoners.

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Spaniards?

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Someone inside your court was helping them.

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Someone inside was a friendly face.

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Then we must summon Montcourt to us.

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Better to lie fallow and collect information.

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This paper was placed freely upon Montcourt's bureau.

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So he may not have known its true purpose?

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Well, one thing is clear.

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There is a plot against you, Sire.

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Montcourt has wounded you before and he may try again.

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OPERATIC SINGING DROWNS OUT SPEECH

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SHE SINGS OPERATICALLY

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The men are at war and so are we.

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The men use their swords, we use our beauty,

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but the end is the same, my dear - conquest.

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This one is nice.

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Oh, you'll need more than just a dress.

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A filigree bracelet and a necklace of diamonds, believe me.

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But how will we pay?

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Oh! Let me worry about that.

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Your job is to bring me a king.

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He's not even here.

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When you gaze at a king, do not avert your eyes, especially

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when you look as you do right now.

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You were never more beautiful than at this moment. Leave us!

0:30:160:30:21

Take it off.

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There is talk of war.

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Always.

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My husband would love to fight.

0:31:030:31:04

Is that his desire?

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He talks of nothing else.

0:31:100:31:12

If I send him to the Spanish Netherlands, he may not return.

0:31:140:31:18

A glorious death would not displease him.

0:31:200:31:22

That is my brother you are talking about.

0:31:230:31:26

I speak it, Sire, but you think it.

0:31:280:31:32

Well, a little death is good for everyone.

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Le Chevalier de Lorraine, Philippe Duc d'Orleans!

0:31:400:31:43

OPERATIC SINGING CONTINUES

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Oh, look!

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LAUGHTER

0:32:090:32:10

You mock me?

0:32:150:32:17

How can I not?

0:32:190:32:21

You are an embarrassment to the King.

0:32:210:32:23

You mock me, you mock my brother and that makes you a traitor.

0:32:250:32:29

If I smite you, you will fall, which makes me a dead man.

0:32:290:32:33

Coward!

0:32:380:32:39

Argh!

0:32:410:32:43

HE GROANS

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Stop!

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I think you've made your point.

0:33:300:33:33

Have you lost your mind?

0:34:000:34:01

You choose who I marry.

0:34:030:34:05

You choose where I live and how much money I can spend,

0:34:050:34:08

but you do not get to choose what I wear and who I fuck.

0:34:080:34:11

Understand this. Everything you are reflects on me.

0:34:110:34:15

I've been dressed like this since I was three months old.

0:34:150:34:18

My goal in life was to be less than you.

0:34:180:34:21

It was not my choice.

0:34:210:34:23

It was my duty, so that I would not be the cloud in front of the sun.

0:34:230:34:26

You think it's hard to be a king?

0:34:260:34:30

Try being a king's brother for a day.

0:34:300:34:32

You can't trick me.

0:34:340:34:36

I know what you're planning here and what you're hiding.

0:34:370:34:43

That's right. I know you... Brother.

0:34:440:34:50

I have never given you anything other than my love and respect.

0:34:510:34:54

Is that what you say to yourself while you're fucking my wife?

0:34:540:34:57

Someone has to!

0:34:570:34:58

Everything I have, I share with you, but you won't share the truth.

0:35:050:35:10

How can I have your back if you won't tell me the truth?

0:35:100:35:14

There are some things you cannot know, that only a king can know.

0:35:140:35:18

What happened to the baby?

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The child did not survive.

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Don't you understand how rumours start?

0:35:280:35:30

Your silence only fuels the fire.

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Let me help you.

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I have never uttered an ill word against you, my brother.

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It's not your words that worry me...

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..brother.

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Majesty, I wanted you to know I've been praying for you.

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Why?

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As we sink into our deepest misery, we must remember:

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God's will is to rouse our souls in longing for our promised Saviour.

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"Know that our redeemer liveth."

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You are a whore.

0:36:450:36:46

You come to me for contrition even as my king's seed swells your belly.

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We are all damned in this place. Do you not see?

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I am the queen of harlots

0:36:590:37:01

and you're a pious poutain and we can beg for mercy all we like.

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The hell fires are gaping and will swallow us all.

0:37:050:37:08

Her Majesty is tired. You must leave.

0:37:080:37:11

You tend to Her Majesty.

0:37:160:37:18

I will look for the items for a poultice.

0:37:180:37:20

She's sick because of the birth.

0:37:200:37:22

Where is Nabo?

0:37:220:37:23

And the poultice will reduce the swelling of the womb.

0:37:230:37:26

-It is swelling for a reason...

-Do as I say!

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Help me, please.

0:37:330:37:34

And call for the King.

0:37:380:37:39

Your Majesty, let me at least make you comfortable. Your Majesty?

0:37:400:37:44

Your Majesty! Get my father! Quickly!

0:37:510:37:54

Your Majesty?!

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The north and the east are out of the question. We simply cannot...

0:38:070:38:12

-You took it.

-Brother, you are red in the face.

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You took my tactic and you gave it to him.

0:38:150:38:18

All my life I have longed for war, even the smallest taste,

0:38:180:38:22

and now you're denying me again and again!

0:38:220:38:25

Ask me who will lead the charge.

0:38:250:38:27

Who will lead the charge?

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You will.

0:38:280:38:29

Sire, you mentioned that the man might not be ready yet.

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I was talking about you, Louvois.

0:38:350:38:37

Congratulations, Brother,

0:38:380:38:40

-you are going to war.

-RAPID APPROACHING FOOTSTEPS

0:38:400:38:42

Sire, the queen!

0:38:420:38:44

-It must be...

-God in heaven!

0:38:590:39:00

Push on her stomach where you feel my hand,

0:39:000:39:02

near the ovarium. I'll pull it out through her lower womb.

0:39:020:39:05

Pull what out? If she dies, we both die.

0:39:050:39:08

There, I have it!

0:39:080:39:09

Her pulse is stronger. We will never speak of this.

0:39:150:39:17

Speak of what?

0:39:170:39:19

Her Majesty was unwell, Sire, and bled,

0:39:190:39:22

but I'm glad to say her condition now looks as though it will improve.

0:39:220:39:26

So I see. You may leave.

0:39:260:39:29

You will stay.

0:39:330:39:35

Privacy!

0:39:370:39:38

Show me your arm. What is that in your hand?

0:39:540:39:57

Is this how you stopped the bleeding?

0:39:590:40:00

Lie to me, you lie to God.

0:40:000:40:03

Afterbirth. I removed it from her uterus. It is...

0:40:030:40:06

I know where it is.

0:40:060:40:08

How did you know it would stop the blood?

0:40:080:40:10

A guess. I am a midwife trained by my father.

0:40:100:40:14

I am also a student of anatomy and medicine.

0:40:160:40:18

I do not recall signing any laws allowing women doctors.

0:40:180:40:21

I took body parts, studied the organs,

0:40:230:40:27

took down detailed notes and drew them.

0:40:270:40:30

A justice would assume the worst and have you burnt at the stake.

0:40:300:40:33

If that's your command.

0:40:340:40:36

My command...

0:40:360:40:38

..is that you will remain close to me on medical matters.

0:40:400:40:43

As to your father's position, in the eyes of the court,

0:40:430:40:47

he will remain our physician,

0:40:470:40:49

but the advice I will heed will come from you.

0:40:490:40:52

Bontemps, let in some air.

0:40:540:40:56

Unless you advise against it?

0:40:590:41:01

As long as we cover her, fresh air will give much benefit.

0:41:010:41:05

Comfrey and calendula will aid her healing, rosemary for the pain.

0:41:050:41:08

Don't look so surprised. I've put many women to bed.

0:41:200:41:24

STRING MUSIC PLAYS

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Noble opinion is ours.

0:42:180:42:20

We shall need more than that.

0:42:200:42:21

We have our tinder, but now one of us must strike the flint.

0:42:210:42:27

If it is to be me, so be it.

0:42:290:42:31

I must tell you all.

0:42:360:42:38

I believe that very soon we shall have a revolution in our country.

0:42:380:42:42

The world knows France to be a master of the battlefield,

0:42:440:42:47

but one glimpse around this glorious place will tell you,

0:42:470:42:50

soon it will be our textile mercers

0:42:500:42:53

and our master tailors who shall transform the world.

0:42:530:42:57

Our fashions will be revered just as much for their beauty,

0:42:570:43:00

elegance, refinement and grace, the finest in the world.

0:43:000:43:06

Many of you mentioned at the carousel your desire to

0:43:080:43:10

acquire one of the emerald rings on display.

0:43:100:43:13

I'm afraid to say this was never going to be possible

0:43:130:43:16

because I have bought every single one,

0:43:160:43:18

as I wished you all to have one as a gift at this very special evening.

0:43:180:43:23

APPLAUSE

0:43:230:43:25

I hope you are enjoying the orange blossoms.

0:43:290:43:32

I can trace the rootstock of these trees

0:43:320:43:34

back to the ancient citrus forests of Arabia.

0:43:340:43:37

Which reminds me... Montcourt?

0:43:420:43:44

How is your wife?

0:43:520:43:54

Dead, Sire. She passed away six weeks ago, sadly.

0:43:550:44:00

Thank you for the speed with which you rushed back to court.

0:44:000:44:03

I can see you didn't even have time to change after the funeral.

0:44:030:44:07

MURMURED LAUGHTER

0:44:070:44:09

These are not my mourning clothes, Sire.

0:44:100:44:12

They're not your evening clothes, either.

0:44:120:44:15

Neither are they French clothes, Montcourt.

0:44:150:44:18

Your father, the Baron, inherited his title from his grandfather, no?

0:44:180:44:24

Yes, Sire.

0:44:240:44:26

Yet this was a title originally bequeathed to his grandmother,

0:44:260:44:29

the Baroness of Saint-Maur, but she married no higher than Seigneur.

0:44:290:44:33

Seigneur Charles de Saint-Maur no less, Sire.

0:44:350:44:38

And no more, sadly, for you.

0:44:380:44:41

A farmer's son might call himself Charles de Saint-Maur

0:44:410:44:44

if indeed that is where he was born.

0:44:440:44:47

Your father was a common man with a fiefdom,

0:44:470:44:50

a vassal to his overlord, the true noble, the Grand Seigneur.

0:44:500:44:54

Isn't that right, Montcourt?

0:44:590:45:00

You might be labelled a vassal, perhaps, or a peasant,

0:45:010:45:06

yet you seek to raise yourself above those men,

0:45:060:45:09

both of whom would gladly sweat and toil to feed their families,

0:45:090:45:13

pay their taxes and honour their duties to their king.

0:45:130:45:16

You think yourself above them, Montcourt, yet you lie far below.

0:45:170:45:21

You pay nothing and do nothing,

0:45:230:45:26

which leads me to believe you ARE nothing, which begs the question:

0:45:260:45:34

What is a nothing doing at my court?

0:45:340:45:37

I can find you my papers, Sire.

0:45:370:45:39

I beg you allow me to prove my worth.

0:45:390:45:44

The papers are all here, Montcourt, after an inexcusable delay.

0:45:440:45:48

As to the delay, Sire, as I mentioned, um,

0:45:480:45:51

we did not wish to bother you with such trivial affairs of the state...

0:45:510:45:55

I AM THE STATE!

0:45:550:45:56

It has come to my attention that many of you are uncomfortable

0:46:100:46:13

here on our visits to Versailles.

0:46:130:46:16

Many of you prefer Paris or your lands and estates,

0:46:160:46:21

which you so dearly miss, some only a short ride away.

0:46:210:46:25

To all of you, I say this:

0:46:250:46:29

You will soon get used to it,

0:46:290:46:32

and we shall all soon discover who we are.

0:46:320:46:36

Your noble birth freed you from our taxes.

0:46:360:46:40

Your falsehood has condemned you to pay.

0:46:400:46:42

-I have no money but my estate.

-Take his keys, then.

0:46:420:46:46

-What do I do, Sire?

-I'm sure you will think of something.

0:46:490:46:52

You, what is your name?

0:46:530:46:55

Pierre de la Croix.

0:46:560:46:59

God smiles on you, la Croix.

0:46:590:47:01

I do not know that man.

0:47:090:47:11

He does not belong in our court.

0:47:110:47:13

The time has come to prove to me who you are, all of you.

0:47:160:47:19

You can rest assured I will do the same.

0:47:210:47:23

-We are all under suspicion now.

-Every single noble family must produce their papers or pay tax...

0:47:420:47:46

Mother, what is all this proof everyone is talking about?

0:47:460:47:49

Proof is proof, my dear. We have nothing to worry about.

0:47:490:47:52

Now, go and enjoy yourself.

0:47:520:47:54

Pull up a chair.

0:48:090:48:11

I said a chair, not a stool. A chair with arms.

0:48:140:48:19

Only a king may sit next to His Majesty in a chair with arms.

0:48:260:48:29

You're more than a king.

0:48:290:48:31

You're my friend.

0:48:340:48:35

I would very much like to hear stories about your son.

0:49:020:49:05

In his last hours, he asked me to tell him about my life with you.

0:49:090:49:13

And what did you say?

0:49:170:49:19

I told him the truth.

0:49:190:49:21

That it is God's gift to me to be by your side.

0:49:230:49:26

'That the gardens seem so glorious that they themselves

0:49:310:49:38

'gave birth to beauty and might steal the breath from any man.

0:49:380:49:44

'I also told my son he would one day work and live in my place,

0:49:470:49:52

'that he might find himself part of the finest family in the world,

0:49:520:49:58

'all of whom dare to dream they might one day live like a king...

0:49:580:50:04

'or a queen...

0:50:070:50:09

'..in a palace that will seduce your eyes

0:50:100:50:14

'and steal your heart, and that one day, when we are all gone...

0:50:140:50:20

'..they will write stories about this place of wonder.

0:50:210:50:25

'But when they do, I fear those that hear it...

0:50:260:50:30

'might not believe it.

0:50:300:50:32

'And think it some kind of fairytale.'

0:50:350:50:38

Oh, my God!

0:50:380:50:39

SHE SHRIEKS

0:50:390:50:41

Did your son approve of the dream?

0:50:520:50:54

He asked me if that was where he was going.

0:50:580:51:01

I told him it was.

0:51:040:51:05

Some would say your son is in a better place.

0:51:150:51:18

I happen to believe that true paradise

0:51:210:51:23

lies in his father's arms,

0:51:230:51:27

to be here with you in this moment.

0:51:270:51:31

But that is not our choice.

0:51:350:51:37

God has made his plans and we cannot question his design,

0:51:390:51:44

just as my people cannot question mine.

0:51:440:51:46

But they will. They mean to kill me, friend.

0:51:490:51:54

They would kill us all to preserve the past.

0:51:560:51:58

They may even succeed, but change will come no matter what.

0:51:580:52:02

HORSES ON COBBLES OUTSIDE

0:52:050:52:08

And if we are to endure, there is only one course.

0:52:120:52:15

Which is what, Sire?

0:52:170:52:18

We must lay our own foundation here.

0:52:200:52:23

Why here, Sire?

0:52:240:52:26

Because I will not be the King of Paris.

0:52:260:52:29

I know who I am.

0:52:300:52:32

I am Louis XIV.

0:52:340:52:35

I am King of France.

0:52:370:52:38

Now these nobles must prove their worth to me.

0:52:420:52:45

See how they run.

0:52:500:52:51

Harsh steps must be taken to preserve the royal reputation, while flamboyant Philippe causes a stir of his own. The king hopes that humiliating a suspect noble will bring others to heel.

Continuing the lavish drama of infidelities and intrigues at the court of Louis XIV.