Discussion 6 – The Sun King

Discussion 6 – The Sun King

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This is a graded discussion: 3 points possible due May 3

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Required Reading :

Richard Wilkinson, Louis XIV (Second Edition, Routledge 2018) Introduction excerpt (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/35456/files/14213410/download?download_frd=1)

Christine Adams, ‘Belle comme le jour’: beauty, power and the king’s mistress, French History, Volume 29, Issue 2, June 2015, excerpt (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/35456/files/14213419/download?download_frd=1)

Philippe L B Halbert, An African Prince at the Court of the Sun King, The Monitor: Journal of International Studies, 2011 (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/35456/files/14215062/download?download_frd=1)


Watch at least three of these clips from films and television about Louis XIV (some full movies links are in the module if you wish to watch them)

Clip 1: The King is Dancing (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qXXAsqr5LoMnxU6MNSfKVNLhOBNjQObN/view?usp=sharing) (2000) Watch the opening sequence from 4:40 to 13:30 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qXXAsqr5LoMnxU6MNSfKVNLhOBNjQObN/view? usp=sharing (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qXXAsqr5LoMnxU6MNSfKVNLhOBNjQObN/view?usp=sharing)

Clip 2: A Little Chaos (2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1fHeesAez0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=_1fHeesAez0)


Clip 3: The Death of Louis XIV (2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2kM-kNdG-I (https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=J2kM-kNdG-I)



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Clip 4: Versailles (Canal+ TV series 2015) https://investigatingversaillesblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/episode-3-review/ (https://investigatingversaillesblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/episode-3-review/) (you can watch Series 1 Episode 3 in full on Netflix)

Clip 5: Vatel (2000) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1imTUM- R5SFlAkXX7hqbhDPnhCktEARZz/view?usp=sharing (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1imTUM-R5SFlAkXX7hqbhDPnhCktEARZz/view?usp=sharing)



Discussion Question: Discuss at least three of the above clips and how they relate to the lecture videos and the reading. Think about debates discussed in the lectures and the reading. How do these representations of Louis XIV and the court relate to the arguments we have discussed? Are they making an argument of their own? Remember to make pertinent reference to the reading.

Optional further reading: James Collins. The State in Early Modern France (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/35456/files/13479501/download?download_frd=1) , ch. 3.

Peter Burke, “The Fabrication of Louis XIV”, History Today (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/35456/files/13479497/download?download_frd=1) .

Colin Jones, “The King’s Two Teeth” History Workshop Journal, No. 65 (Spring, 2008) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/35456/files/13479498/download?download_frd=1)




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