Friends or Foes?

Episode 4: Spectacle of the sun kings

All eyes are on Louis XIV and his Versailles Palace! Under the self-proclaimed “sun king”, France became the great role model for rulers throughout Europe, including those in the regions that later made up Germany. But his glorious image took a bettering when he brutally attacked his neighbours in the Palatinate War of Succession. However, on the German side too, there were warmongers who put the relationship between the two peoples to the test. Although an admirer of the French way of life, Frederick the Great waged war against France. The French king’s mistress, of all people, turned out to be his toughest adversary: Madame de Pompadour.