collaboration with Aleksandar Topalovic – two photos of his and two of mine blended and edited
*The play starts with the Fronde against Cardinal Mazarin. Young Louis is the consecrated King at Reims. But his power has been confiscated by his mother, Anne of Austria, and the Cardinal, who doubt his ability to rule France alone.
Louis falls in love with Marie Mancini, an Italian emigrant without noble birth, niece of Cardinal Mazarin. To prove himself as a man, the young monarch decides to leave for the war at the head of his armies, and though Marie has a worrying premonition she is unable to stop him. Louis falls in battle, victim to a serious disease, and for a long time is believed dead. The court forgets him and attempts to name his brother Philippe the new King of France. Marie, however, refuses to accept the fatality and spends many nights by his bedside praying in tears.
Then, in a sudden turn of events, one of the royal doctors administers a drug that wakes Louis from his sleep. He learns that he has been forgotten by everyone in the country except Marie and his own family. Now desperately in love with the beautiful Italian, Louis proposes to her. Marie reminds him that it is impossible for a French King to marry an Italian without birth. Anne of Austria, Mazarin and even the Pope would object.
Louis stubbornly dismisses all opposition, deciding that he is King and will therefore decide his own future. Nevertheless, Anne of Austria and Mazarin put an end to the dream by banishing Marie into exile and persuading the young King to marry the Spanish princess. The first act ends with the pain of separation.
The second Act begins with the death of Mazarin, upon which Louis seizes power and becomes the Sun King. He loses himself in the arms of many women, forgetting that his people will pay heavy taxes for the construction of an excessive dream- the Chateau de Versailles.
After many events such as the matter of the Man in the Iron Mask and the Poison Affair, Louis attains what he could not achieve with Marie Mancini. He marries, despite opposition, Françoise d’Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon, a woman without birth who was the governess of his illegitimate children with Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan*