See more » Based on historic deeds about intrigue and power-fight in Louis XIV court .
This costumer movie is partially based on real events and starts in 1667 , with 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV .
Amira Casar gives a convincing character as astute and mean Béatrice .
Stuart Bowman plays with enormous distinction as Bontemps , the incorruptible as well as cunning adviser .
This upscale epic drama penned by David Wolstencroft ("The Escape Artist") and Simon Mirren ("Criminal Minds" , ¨Third watch¨) , The 10-episode show was big budgeted , developed and co-produced by Canal Plus' original creation division .
The series is marvelously photographed throughout as well as written and directed .
In the meantime , Louis decides to construct a big palace at an inhospitable place , but drained Budget , affairs and political intrigues complicate things .
Louis XIV is in constant conflict with his workers and those traitors who possesses privileged information can acquire immense fortunes .
However , his brother Monsieur Philippe d' Orléans (Alexander Vlahos) has for some time been relegated to a lesser role in the Court , due to the growing power of the King' most influential secretaries , Bontemps (Stuart Bowman) , Colbert (Steve Cumyn) and especially the security chief , the relentless executioner , Fabien Marchal (Tygh Runyan) .
Meantime , the situation of France is threatened by Holland ruled under charismatic William of Orange (George Webster) , being the situation of Louis XIV extremely dangerous and delicate .