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In this issue of Secrets of History, Stéphane Bern looks back on the unknown fate of the Polish princess Marie Leczinska. Cultivated but penniless, daughter of a deposed king of Poland, she will marry the most attractive sovereign that France has ever known, Louis XV. The queen suffered from her numerous infidelities, notably with Madame de Pompadour and Madame Du Barry ...
To forget, she takes refuge in piety, play, music and gluttony. She would nevertheless give ten children to the king, seven of whom survived, and lead a secluded life, surrounded by a small group of faithful courtiers. With the participation of historians, Stéphane Bern paints a portrait of this queen who will hold her rank for forty-three years, the longest reign of a sovereign in France.
Secrets of History: Louis XV and Marie Leczinska, deceptions at Versailles. Tuesday July 24 at 8:40 pm on France 2. Replay on August 4 at 1:20 am.