Location of the Palace of Versailles, which had been developed into the French monarchy's primary residence by Louis XIV in the second half of the seventeenth century. The Palace and city combined were also an important administrative hub of national government until the French Revolution of 1789.

Appears in these Letters:


10 February: Pre-Revolutionary Violence

Although many of the Letters focus on Paris, they also show that the duchess made considerable efforts to stay informed about events elsewhere in the...

9 May: The Opening of the Estates General

The Estates General was the national representative body called by Louis XVI to solve the state’s financial problems. It was set up with ornate...

14 October: A King Imprisoned? The October Days

On 5-6 October 1789, a Parisian crowd led by thousands of women marched out to demonstrate at Versailles and forced the royal family to relocate to...