24. VERSAILLES, THE OLYMPICS AND LOUIS XIV

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24. VERSAILLES, THE OLYMPICS AND LOUIS XIV
Philip Mansel
Wednesday 26th June 10:30 (60 Min)
Evelyn Partners Spiegeltent
During the summer 2024 three Olympics events will be held in the park at Versailles: dressage, eventing and pentathlon. Philip Mansel, a founding committee member of the Society for Court Studies, will discuss how Louis XIV created Versailles not only as a symbol of power but also a centre of sports such as riding, hunting, shooting and dance. Louis XIV, was himself an accomplished sportsman who could well have won many Olympic medals. One of the finest riders, shots and dancers of his age, until he was 40 he danced every day (dance was a seventeenth-century version of gym), encouraged courtiers to do so too and helped invent choreography. He was often painted on horse-back mastering a rearing horse, or depicted in pictures and sculptures either as Hercules, or as a god of Olympus: Jupiter, Mars or Apollo.
Event Theme: Sport
£5.00
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