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The Stinky Reputation of 17th Century Versailles

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The Stinky Reputation of 17th Century Versailles

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The French palace of Versailles was widely seen as one of the most beautiful in the world in the 17th century. Unfortunately, it was also one of the smelliest.

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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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