The pacte de famille, or family pact, bound the Bourbon courts of France and Spain to a common foreign policy. Much has been written about the pact, but very little work has been done on the cultural manifestations of the Bourbon family alliance. Therefore, this article intends to fill such a gap by examining buildings commissioned by the Bourbon rulers of Paris, Madrid, Naples, and Parma in the eighteenth century to assess how family alliance had an effect on architecture. In particular, palaces will be nalysed, since these structures are those most closely identified with the dynasty. Through them it is indeed possible to catch the best glimpse of how a family alliance, both before and after the pacte de famille, influenced architecture. They constitute a famille des palais.
Keywords: Bourbon Europe; Bourbon Courts of France and Spain; pacte de famille; architecture; famille des palais.