“The regent, a libertine on the throne of France”: the true nature of the regent

«Le régent, un libertin sur le trône de France»: la vraie nature du régent

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Despite his morals decay, Philippe d’orléans was, against all expectations, one of the kingdoms of the least complicated of the history of France.

Great defender of the French heritage before the Lord, the host, and journalist Stéphane Bern offers with this enthusiasm that is his trademark, a portrait of Philippe d’orleans, who assured her the regency until his cousin Louis XV the well-beloved would reach the age of 14 years. Like his father, Philip of France, said Sir, the regent was a libertine to the bad reputation. However, according to the historians testifying in this episode of the documentary series, Secret stories, this nephew of the Sun King, as we suspected wrongly of having poisoned a few pretenders to the throne of France, was much more than that.

In 1715, when his great-grandfather Louis XIV died, after a long reign of 72 years, Louis XV was only five years old. As dictated in the will and testament of the deceased king, the regency is then placed in the hands of Philippe d’orléans. Formed by the ambitious abbé Dubois, Philippe d’orléans is as interested in science, the arts and politics.

Before being appointed a regent, this is a man who multiplies conquests female and enjoying small dinner between friends, which ends most of the time in orgies. Once in power, the frivolous regent manages to put an end to the war against Spain, to replenish the coffers of the State and to contribute to the expansion of foreign trade thanks to its pragmatic ideas and avant-garde. Despite his morals decay, Philippe d’orléans was, against all expectations, one of the kingdoms of the least complicated of the history of France.

Secrets of history. The regent, a libertine on the throne of France.

TV5, Monday, 20 h

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