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The Many Mistresses of France's King Louis XIV

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The Many Mistresses of France's King Louis XIV

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In the late 17th century, French monarchs were expected to keep mistresses, and Louis XIV was no different. In fact, throughout his reign, he would go on to father over 12 illegitimate children.

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King Louis XIV was the longest-reigning monarch in European history and built the Palace of Versailles. But what do we really know about the self-proclaimed Sun King? Host Tracy Borman gives us a peek inside the king's private life, including the sumptuous dishes that were part of his daily 20-course meals, the portraits that served as acts of political propaganda, and the affairs that led to his 18 children.

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