Today we’re at one of the most famous places
not just in Paris
but in all the world.
It’s the Palace of Versailles.
We’re going to take you inside a couple of rooms
hardly anyone gets to see
We are in the Palace of Versailles.
This is Emily, famous guide.
It’s lovely to meet you.
Nice to meet you Brady.
Tell me about Louis the 15th.
Louis the 15th and the mistresses of Louis the 15th.
When you say mistresses
I immediately think of something
being a little bit naughty or a little bit secret
-No,not at all. -But this is not the case with mistresses?
-不 一点也不 -但情妇不是这样的吗？
No, mistress is a very official role in Versailles
And the thing we’re going to look at today are
some of the apartments that were used by the mistresses
and these aren’t always open to the public at the moment
but we’re going to have a look
Yes, of course.
If you follow me?
Please. It already feels a little bit behind the scenes.
doesn’t it here?
This is the backstage.
Here we go.
Welcome into the Madame de Pompadour apartment.
In 1745 when Madame de Pompadour was introduced in Versailles
into the court in an official function of mistress
she lived here
and the first gift of the King when she became the mistress
was the title of Marquis
So Madame de Pompadour she was friends with the Queen?
She wasn’t really the friend of the queen
but she was excited
because the Queen had no choice.
Madame de Pompadour was very smart
because she understood that to be in Versailles
and to have a real official place
it was important for her to have relationship with the Queen.
Why is she an important woman
what did she do that makes her still important today?
Firstly because she was a prototype of the ambitious woman
she became very important in the court
but more than that very important in the kingdom
and she became very important for the Arts
because for the first time a woman used the Arts as a propaganda.
And there is a portrait of her here
-should we have a look at this? -She’s here.
This is amazing, this is a really lovely portrait.
Lovely, amazing and very interesting
可爱 神奇 非常有趣
because she was represented here as Diana.
Diana is a very famous Goddess. The Goddess of the Hunt.
So this is very much what
she would have looked like when she first met Louis the 15th
when she hunted him!
Yes, it’s an interesting comparison.
This is the entrance room
but her bedroom is next door.
You know I want to see the bedroom.
Yes of course, it’s very important.
是 当然 这非常重要
And this is where she slept?
Yes, she slept here.
So Emily, the King would come to this bed to
have romantic time with Madame de Pompadour?
Not in the romantic sense we could imagine today.
But it’s more on the discussion
sharing of taste of the Arts and intellectual things.
So after six years she spent as a mistress in Versailles
she became the best friend and she had the best of the King
because she had the discussions
she had a perfect apartment downstairs
and at this moment she’s chosen as the mistress of the King
So you’re talking about Madame de Pompadour’s taste and style
and it’s reflected in this room
can you tell me a bit about that?
The Roccoco style, it’s the first 50 years of the 18th century
and this is the style of the curve.
If you look around you
you have no real straight lines there
the Roccoco is completely attached with
Madame de Pompadour’s reign.
What happened to her, did she live a long time?
How did she die?
She died because she had pneumonia and she died in Versailles.
It’s very important
because it’s a privilege given by the King to die in Versailles
But was that it, did the King have more mistresses?
After four years
the king met a new woman Madame du Barry
Madame du Barry, when she came along she wasn’t here
she had a different apartment
Can we see them? Another mistress! Another apartment.
Let’s go and have a look
This is a hidden passage.
So this was the passage the King would have used to get to his mistress?
We’re going into the bathroom.
It was the bathroom of Madame de Pompadour here.
Transformed into a library for Louis the 16th at the end of the 18th century.
It’s a nice bathroom.
I didn’t think I’d get to see her bathroom!
-Shall we continue? -Yes but this is closed.
-我们继续吧？ -是的 但这里锁上了
oh we need a key,do we? Do you know about the key?
-I haven’t the key! – We haven’t got the key!
Listen to that bell! Can you hear that bell?
Isn’t it fantastic. I love that.
Are we right near the clock?
Lets go this way.
We really are behind the scenes here. This is amazing.
Here we are into the Madame du Barry apartment
and she was the last mistress of the King at the end of the reign.
This is his final mistress.
She was very different
Madame de Pompadour was very ambitious
but Madame du Barry was just a young woman in love with the King.
What was the background of Madame du Barry?
Madame du Barry was from the lower people
step-by-step she became a prostitute as in this court today.
But she met a lot of people in this activity.
She met Mr.du Barry, who was a pimp
and Mr. du Barry step-by-step organised a meeting with the King.
The King took a prostitute as his mistress
and this was an acceptable thing obviously?
Yes, it wasn’t very official.
A lot of people knew, but a lot of people ignored that.
What the King wants. the King gets!
This is just one room in the whole lot of apartments
-should we go and have a look at the rest? -Yes of course!
Emily,what happened to Madame Du Barry?
Did she die here?
The King died. She left Versailles
and she spent a lot of time in Louveciennes
she had a new lover
but during the French Revolution she was decapitated.
That’s not a happy ending!
No it’s not a happy ending!
It’s been really interesting to get to see these apartments
and we feel very lucky
because obviously this is not normally open to the public
so thank you very much
It’s a pleasure to talk about these things
and tell you these stories
You’ve got more stories to tell?
Yes of course!
Alright, let’s hear some more stories.
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Today we’re at one of the most famous places