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"It happened in January, 1668, that a Triple Alliance had been signed at the Hague, which engaged England, Sweden, and the United Provinces to join in defending Spain against the power of France. A secret treaty in this agreement furthermore bound the allies to check the ambition of Louis XIV., and, if possible, reduce his encroaching sway. That Charles II. should enter into such an alliance was galling to the French monarch, who resolved to detach his kinsman from the compact, and bind him to the interests of France. To effect this desired purpose, which he knew would prove objectionable to the British nation, Louis employed Henrietta, Duchess of Orleans, to visit England on pretext of pleasure and affection, and secretly persuade and bribe her brother to the measures required."

"Is there anybody on the planet who has not succumbed to both Audrey Hepburn and this, her first leading role. Sadly the answer must be yes because there are always those who fail to 'get' it or to 'see' the enchantment. The fact that Dalton Trumbo has now been accorded his rightful screenplay credit could well lead to speculation about the basic premise given that Trumbo was often accused of 'smuggling' left-wing 'messages' into his pre-Hollywood Ten screenplays: Everybody and his Uncle Max is familiar with the Marxist credo, 'Workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains' but did, we wonder, Trumbo adapt this to read 'Royals of the world abscond, you have nothing to lose but your privileges' then have Audrey Hepburn's Princess Ann run away from the shackles of protocol."

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  • Royalty
  • Aug 19, 2006
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