Exceptional new pictures brings readers at the back of the scenes of the Trianons and Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet at Versailles–together with spaces on a regular basis closed to the general public.

Life within the Château de Versailles was once dense with pomp and condition, and the royals steadily craved a quiet second with buddies and fanatics a ways from the din of the courtroom. Hidden clear of the palace at the grounds local, the kings constructed the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, and the Queen’s Hamlet, the place they might slip away to entertain their inside circle. This guide explores each side of existence at those non-public outbuildings, from the furniture and gardens to the historical past and population.

In 1687, the solar king Louis XIV conceived of the Grand Trianon and its outstanding parterres and fountains as a continuing hyperlink among courtroom and lawn–an individual retreat the place he may just withdraw along with his circle of relatives and break out the heavy hand of protocol. Louis XV commissioned the Petit Trianon, a neoclassical masterpiece with 4 distinctive facades, its well-known menagerie, and botanical gardens. Louis XVI bestowed the Petit Trianon on Marie Antoinette; in her gardens and picturesque hamlet and farm, the queen’s presence is extra tangible right here than anyplace else at Versailles.

This good-looking extent, with newly commissioned pictures, is each a historic testimony and an intimate discuss with at the grounds of the palace of Versailles.