Château de Versailles and its gardens (2367 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

  • Ian H. Thompson (University of Newcastle upon Tyne)


The Chatâteau de Versailles, painted Pierre Patel (1668)

Louis XIV first visited Versailles at the age of twelve on a hunting expedition. His father, Louis XIII, had purchased the seignory in 1632 and asked his architect Philibert Le Roy to build him a modest lodge. Louis XIV would in time become so attached to this cheerful brick-and-stone house that he could not bring himself to demolish it, even when his own ambitious plans for the site called for a much larger building.

Louis XIV's lifelong love affair with hunting goes some way towards explaining the attraction which Versailles held for him, but his need for a …

Thompson, Ian H.. "Château de Versailles and its gardens". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 January 2007
[, accessed 27 April 2017.]

Related Groups

  1. Picturesque landscape and gardens

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