The Royal Ex­change film

Bordeaux J'Adore - - Road Trip -

The Royal Ex­change, di­rected by Bordeaux writer Marc Du­gain and based on the novel by Chan­tal Thomas, re­traces the story set in 1721, when Philippe d’or­léans, the re­gent of France, de­cided to seal a peace treaty with Spain by ar­rang­ing the mar­riage of two chil­dren. Louis XV, age 11, was to wed Maria Anna Vic­to­ria, the Span­ish In­fanta, age 4. To sweeten the deal, he of­fered his own 12-year-old daugh­ter to the 14-year-old Prince of As­turias. The ex­change was to take place on a small is­land – the Ile des Faisans – in the Bi­da­soa river be­tween the two coun­tries. Noth­ing pro­ceeded as planned!

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