I don’t spend much time in front of the television, but when I do, I like to watch historical dramas. The latest one introduced me to…
An Alien World
Have you seen the series Versailles? Though I’ve read books set in the world of Louis XIV watching that world come to stunning life in this series is fascinating, and sometimes unpleasant.
If you like history, costuming, and can tolerate an R rating (and then some), you might enjoy this series. Definitely watch the shows in series order.
Louis XIV was the great king who built the palace of Versailles in the French countryside and imposed strict court rules upon the nobles required to live with him. He was the Sun King, the center of the universe, with complicated romantic and family relationships, and many political enemies. I came away with a better understanding of the motivation for the French Revolution.
A Crime-Solving Priest
I also enjoy stacking up a new season of a G-rated series, Father Brown, on my DVR and kicking back to watch while my husband nods off. This priest-detective is based on G. K. Chesterton’s hero. An amazing number of people are murdered in his parish, but he always solves the crimes. What I love most about him are his gentle attempts to save the murderers’ souls.
Back to France, with Subtitles
If you’re interested in France just before the Revolution, Nicolas Le Floch is an interesting detective series, available on DVD in French with subtitles.
I learned about this series in an author chat with Joanna Bourne, who writes incredible spy stories set during the French Revolution. If you like historical romance, I highly recommend all of her books.
The filming of this show is lush and beautiful, and full of little tidbits about the era. My husband found the public “restrooms” very interesting…before he nodded off!
Next up for me might be the new season of Black Sails or maybe the new Vikings.
What about you? What’s next on your DVR or DVD player?
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Images: Versailles, IMDB; Father Brown, BBC One; Nicolas Le Floch, IMDB