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Accounts of Philippe's prowess on the battlefield trouble Louis: what can he do with this brother who basks in military glory while risking his life? In the Court, the Marchioness of Montespan begins to overshadow Louise de Valliere... making her a rival of Henriette, who is determined to maintain her position in the King's bed. On the country roads to Versailles, Moncourt's heinous attacks dissuade the nobles from coming to the Court, while within the gilded walls of the Palace, a mysterious conspiracy contaminates the King's inner circle.