Louis XIV was the arch-enemy of the 1st Duke of Marlborough. Three hundred years ago he was the King of France and the Duke beat him at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.

Louis liked to dance. Can you tell that from what he is wearing? He was called the Sun King and he was a very vain man. Which part do you think he was particularly vain about?

Other portraits in the Second State Room
henrietta second duchess