Château de Versailles and its gardens (2300 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 …

Thompson, Ian H.. "Château de Versailles and its gardens". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 January 2007
[, accessed 24 October 2016.]

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  1. Picturesque landscape and gardens