28 March 2023

Vaux le Vicomte, fit for a King
The inspiration behind Versailles Palace

Lecturer :  Carole Petipher

French 17th century chateau design owes much to one man; the ambitious visionary Nicolas Fouquet who is still somewhat of an enigma today. He seemed invincible but made one grave error of judgement which was to lead to his downfall. He employed the country’s best talent to commission a spectacular chateau for himself. In doing so he completely outshone the Sun King; Vaux le Vicomte presented a radical new look for the century whilst Versailles was nothing more than a humble hunting lodge at the time. The story that ensues is legendary. This lecture explores innovative garden design and architecture together with lavish interiors to tell the shocking story.

Carole Petipher is an experienced guide and lecturer on combined history and art tours in France with 20 years experience. Having lived and worked on a number of bespoke river vessels and converted barges, there she has used them as a platform from which to research her lectures.  She employs art in all its guises to explore the characters who shaped France and likes to delve behind the scenes to discover hidden truths.