American graduate students LAMDA One of four lectures on the 17th Century

American graduate students LAMDA One of four lectures on the 17th Century

Louis XIV learnt early on in his reign the perils of kingship and quickly took personal control of even the smallest details of matters of state and everyday life at his court. Fearful of his nobles he controlled them by establishing the most glittering Court in Europe where they became trapped in the everyday rituals which he established. Style was everything at Versailles and this lecture tells how Louis bankrupted the French aristocracy with fashion and then lent them the money to lead them further into his debt.

Lecture with Powerpoint images