Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet at Versailles

A Private Royal Retreat



ISBN: 9782080204103 Category:

Jacques Moulin, Yves Carlier


Exceptional new photography brings readers behind the scenes of the Trianons and Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet at Versailles-including areas usually closed to the public.

Life in the Château de Versailles was dense with pomp and circumstance, and the royals often craved a quiet moment with friends and lovers far from the din of the court. Hidden away from the palace on the grounds nearby, the kings built the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, and the Queen’s Hamlet, where they could slip away to entertain their inner circle. This book explores every aspect of life at these private outbuildings, from the furnishings and gardens to the history and inhabitants.

In 1687, Sun King Louis XIV conceived of the Grand Trianon and its exceptional parterres and fountains as a seamless link between court and garden-a private retreat where he could withdraw with his family and escape the heavy hand of protocol. Louis XV commissioned the Petit Trianon, a neoclassical masterpiece with four unique facades, and its famous menagerie and botanical gardens. Louis XVI bestowed the Petit Trianon on Marie Antoinette; in her gardens and picturesque hamlet and farm, the queen’s presence is more tangible here than anywhere else at Versailles.

This handsome volume with newly commissioned photography is both a historical testimony and an intimate visit on the grounds of the palace of Versailles.

Additional information

Weight 2334 g
Dimensions 25.6 x 31.5 cm
Publisher name Flammarion S.A.
Publication date 20 February 2020
Number of pages 320
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Francis Hammond
Dimensions 25.6 x 31.5 cm
Weight 2334 g


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Jacques Moulin is the chief architect for numerous French heritage sites, including Versailles. Francis Hammond has contributed to many books including Versailles: A Private Invitation, Historic Houses of Paris, and A Day at Versailles. Yves Carlier, general curator at Versailles and specialist in sixteenth to nineteenth-century French decorative arts and design, wrote A Day at Versailles.