In the fourth episode of the new series, while preparations are made for war abroad, battles of the sexes are waged within the palace – as violence and venality combine in another episode of the French series.
King Louis XIV (George Blagden) plans to send an army into the Netherlands, and Philippe (Alexander Vlahos) oversees troops training with a new weapon, leaving his new bride Princess Palatine (Jessica Clark) at a loose end while the palace is fumigated.
Cynical Madame de Montespan (Anna Brewster), already despairing of her ailing new-born daughter’s likely future, tackles the Catholic Church in the form of Father Pascal (James Joint). Chevalier (Evan Williams), envious of the attentions Philippe is paying to the King’s chronicler Thomas Beaumont (Mark Rendall), incites a fight.
Pictured are Louvois (Joe Sheridan) Louis XIV (George Blagden)
Versailles Season 2 Episode 4 (of 10) airs on Friday 12 May 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two.