Angelique et le roy


At the behest of Louis XIV,

Joffrey of Peyrac, the Count of Toulouse,

was burnt at the stake for witchcraft,

Angelique survived.

Hounded by the King's men,

she took refuge in the Cour des Miracles.

She built up a new fortune,

joining the bourgeoisie.

She finally decided

to win back a place at Court

by marrying her cousin,

Philippe of Plessis-Belliere.

Fascinated by Angelique's beauty,

the King grudgingly gave his blessing.

Soon the Flanders War

took his friend from him,

but opened the way to

an otherwise doomed love.

I am dying, Sire.

You are raving.

It's because of the fever.

No, Sire.

Life is leaving my body,

but my wits remain.

- The King loves my wife.

- What?


The King of France

wants the only possession

I am unable to relinquish,

my wife.

But, Sire,

I too love Angelique.

And since

I cherish my King more than my own life,

existence had become

too heavy a burden to bear.

My friend.

I pray Your Majesty will forgive me

for being so brutally forthright.

The only excuse

is my present situation.


Don't stiffen up, Monsieur Cantor.

Look at your brother.

- Swim, darling!

- I'm afraid.

Monsieur, the men of our family

are never afraid!

You will uphold that tradition.

Why are you so hard on the boy?

In this day and age,

only the strong survive.

I love my sons too much

to mollycoddle them.

Madame, I find you as splendid as ever.

Desgrez. A man of Court now?

Monsieur of Reynie and myself

are at present lighting up Paris.

A lantern at each crossroads.

Our capital, the City of Light!

- What brings you here?

- The King.

- What does he want?

- You.

A joke?

The truth! With your mourning over,

he would like to see you at Court.

I refuse!

That is rather delicate.

For the King's wishes are our commands.

I shall not go!

I do not wish to see the King.

Twice he took my happiness.

First with Joffrey, and then with Philippe.

It was the war that took

Plessis-Belliere, not the King.

The war didn't kill him,

he let himself be killed.

As you well know.

In that case...

The King has a diplomatic mission for you.

A mission?

Of the highest importance.

Well, he could give it to another.

You will remain here,

and your sons will know

neither glory nor honors.

By their birth they deserve regiments.

Instead of that, they'll be country squires,

wielding swords while wearing clogs!

What is the nature of this mission?

It's enormous!

Economic, political, strategic and military.

It would have been a unique opportunity

to scale with ease

the higher rungs of glory.

- You're mocking me.

- No.

The feat you could accomplish

would eclipse the name

of Madame of Montespan,

the King's favorite.

- Explain.

- I cannot. I am but the messenger.

You know what you are, Desgrez?

A corrupter!


So be it! I shall go to Court

and endure the King...

Unless it is he who has to endure me!

- What is it?

- It's Bontemps, Sire.


The person is here, Sire.


- What's going on?

- Work, Madame. Always work.

Sleep now.

And you, Sire, will you not sleep?

Affairs of state

must come before sleep, Madame.

Sire, I...

Stand up.

The Court has missed you.

The King, too.

Time has changed nothing, Madame.

Quite the contrary,

as regards my feelings for your person.

Forgive me, Your Majesty,

but Monsieur Desgrez spoke of a mission.

I see that your inflexibility, too,

remains unchanged.

If my character displeases you,

I shall try not to let it show.

It does not displease me.

It amuses and enchants me.

Wounds me, too, on occasion.

The kingdom of Persia.

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