Life in Versailles was rooted in a complex hierarchy & rigid etiquette with nobles exhausting themselves to please the king since he was the one deciding on their social advancement. In this world of competition & backstabbing where the ultimate goals were favors from the king or queen, women were often used in strategic alliances.
The Queen..Marie Antoinette's private apartments
The king's mistress..Mme Du Barry's apartments
Mme Du Barry, a former seamstress who was the last mistress of king Louis the XVth. Born Jeanne Becu, she made a name for herself in court with the king's support, thus becoming the prey of courtesans as well as the king's close family who hated her. As her power in court grew stronger she got involved in politics, thus playing a part in the Duc de Choiseul exile & dismissal of his ministerial role. Her golden age stopped with the king's death. She was beheaded during the revolution.
The servants apartments
The servants, a population living in the shadow, behind the scene away from the opulence & extravagance of the royal salons & festivities.