But as the season begins, Louis is still haunted by nightmares. The kid- napping of his son, and the death of Henriette keep him awake and prevent him from finding peace. Yet he should be feeling satisfied: Cracks begin to show. Louis is trapped in the labyrinth of Versailles and is trying to escape from its Minotaur.
Consumed by his ego and growing paranoia, the king is losing his way, blinded by his work, and by the eyes of Madame de Montespan And it is women who will comfort him in his internal battle, even though Montespan appears to be pulling him towards the darkness and hastening his demise.
He needs Philippe close by, and he must see him married once again: So he lures Philippe to Versailles by returning his lover to him, the Chevalier de Lorraine, who he had sent into exile in Italy. Philippe knows that, as is tradition, he has no choice but to accept the woman that Louis will choose for him.
A woman who could not be further from the late Henriette: Against all expec-tations, a bond develops between Philippe and Liselotte. But just as the knight had demonstrated with Henriette, his jealousy knows no bounds.
Nor can she tolerate the decadent atmosphere that has taken over the court and diverted the nobility from the path of morality and religion. In the hope of returning order to the chaos, she calls upon Father Pascal, her confessor and confidante.
She also approaches Madame Scarron, who she can sense has a positive influence on the king. She flatters the king, fulfilling his sexual desires, and making him the envy of all.
Her influence on Louis grows and spreads to his political decisions. But no matter how ambitious and calculating she may be, Madame de Montespan is actually a vulnerable and terrified woman. She has seen what happens to favorites the king grows tired of. She is prepared to do anything to keep the affection of Louis, with whom she is hopelessly in love: Initially flustered by the freshness and spontaneity of Princess Palatine, he becomes irritated by the bond that she develops with Philippe, and decides to make her pay.
To boost his energy, the knight immerses himself in the potions and drugs circulating the court. He spots the opportunity for a lucrative As the poisonings increase, he relies on her to feed back to him private discussions and shameful admissions Forced, by order of the king, to marry the Duke of Cassel, she discovers, at her own expense, the cruelty of life in the court of Versailles.
A genuine friendship develops between the two young women: But, although Palatine hopes that her marriage may one day blossom, Sophie knows that, for her, there is no hope of that His friendship with the king will be put in jeopardy The king himself begins to doubt the ability of his chief of police to put a stop to the crimes.
Fabien sees that the court is rotting from within. She is an expert in divination and in concocting potions and poisons. She is an elegant, mysterious and very professional woman, especially when it comes to building her business and winning the loyalty of her clients. But she can become terrifying and ice cold, and is afraid of nothing and no one. Despite her tender age, she is a force of nature who loves nothing more than riding horses, hunting, and eating. Extremely candid and natural, she has no interest in religion or etiquette.
She is a free, iconoclastic spirit, who speaks her mind But as strong and stubborn as she may be, she remains a young and isolated woman, a stranger in the court, and suffers the indifference of her husband and the repeated humiliation of the Chevalier de Lorraine.