Louis XIV's Palace at Versailles is the ultimate symbol of royal power
and extravgence. It was at once a testament to the power of image and
the height of vanity.
Task Assume you
are a 17th-century French noble who has been invited to stay at
Versailles for the season. Carry out a tour of the Palace and then
write a letter home, describing what you saw and your thoughts about
the symbols of absolutism.