So one of the things I can totally geek out about is history. In college, various history courses were my favorite. They weren’t easy. But I could breeze through them because I was so interested. It’s a little hard to make a career out of history however, so fortunately I took one or two programming classes in there too. Kind of a necessity when you are a Comp Sci major.
But the study of history has always been a passionate hobby of mine. The first thing I did when I got back from a trip to Cancun was buy a couple history books on the Maya and other Central American cultures. Trip to Hawaii…same thing (well, about Hawaii, not Central America). The funny thing is that I can trace all this fascination back to a single point, The Three Musketeers. I read The Three Musketeers when I was in fifth or sixth grade for the first time and I was hooked.
Now you are probably asking yourself, where are you going with this? The Three Musketeers was set in the early 1600’s and was about a musketeer that served Louis XIII. Well there was an intriguing line in there, where Alexandre Dumas was describing the king and his character, comparing it to his son, Louis XIV. And Louis XIV is why we are here today.
You see, there is a new show debuting tonight, that I am actually super excited about, Versailles. Versailles is the story of Louis XIV and the palace at Versailles. Louis turned a modest hunting lodge built by his father into one of the most magnificent palaces the world has ever seen. All as part of his plan to consolidate power and solidify his absolute rule over the nobles of France. Billed as the Showcase of France, Versailles became a symbol of Louis as well as a court of intrigue.
As part of his efforts to consolidate power, most of his friends, and political enemies, were forced to live at Versailles. If that doesn’t make for a dash of political intrigue, nothing will. If you are a fan of any type of historical drama (Oh I wish I had showcase when The Tudors was on, but now I can watch it on Ovation) then you will want to tune in tonight, October 1st at 10 pm to watch Versailles. Keep an eye out, we’ll even be live tweeting the premiere. Join us won’t you? Until then, I have to dig out The Three Musketeers.
Tune in to VERSAILLES on OVATION Saturday at 10 PM ET
Disclaimer: This post is written in collaboration with Media Storm. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own.