PRINCESS PALATINE, GOSSIPS AT THE SUN KING'S COURT
An episode from the series SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS
Larger than life, colourful and brilliant, "Madame Palatine", wife of Philippe d'Orléans, the king's brother, was an exceptional woman who spent over 40 years in the court of Louis XIV. To make up for an effeminate husband and an overwhelming protocol, she kept an abundant correspondence with her loved ones.
With a style of her own, her 60,000 letters are a unique testimony to the mores of the French court as well as the failings and the daily life of the royal family.