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After storming off when his wife was poisoned at the end of the last series, King Louis’s younger brother Philippe returns to the court this week.

But before he sets foot in the palace, eh must meet his new German bride, Princess Palatine, a young woman whose blunt sense of humour is a real breath of fresh air.

One person unimpressed by Philippe’s consort is his lover, the sharp-tongued Chevalier, who is also back from exile in Italy.

Yet the arrival of this new love triangle goes largely unnoticed by a royal court that is distracted by a new craze for love potions and the fact that King Louis’s pregnant mistress is ready to pop!