La Maison Royale de Saint-Louis

The Maison Royale de Saint-Louis aka Saint-Cyr was created in 1684 by Louis XIV at request of his secret wife Madame de Maintenon and served as school for impoverished noble girls.   The creation ofContinue reading

Dangeau’s Diary, May 1687

5th. — The prince d’Isenghien is at the point of death, and has begged the Marshal d’Humieres to forgive his marriage with M. de Surville. The Marshal has received his daughter, whom Monsieur d’Isenghien hadContinue reading

Le Grand Trianon

After the tiles of the Trianon de porcelaine deteriorated more and more, Louis XIV ordered the small palais to be demolished and replaced with a larger structure of more lasting material. Marble.   The planning was entrustedContinue reading

Mouches

Mouches aka fake beauty spots were incredibly popular at the court of Louis XIV and worn by males and females alike.   They were usually made of black silk, velvet, muslin or taffeta, but could alsoContinue reading

Le potager du roi

One of the most important places of Versailles was the potager du roi -the King’s kitchen Garden- for it ensured the Sun King always had enough of his favourite vegetables and fruits on his plate. He didContinue reading

Henriette d’Angleterre

Henrietta of England was born on 16 June in 1644 at Bedford House in Exeter at the height of the English Civil War. Her mother Henriette-Marie de France, daughter of le bon roi Henri, whoContinue reading

Chaise à Porteurs

Chaise à Porteurs aka sedan chairs were an incredibly useful mode of transportation at the court of Louis XIV and especially at Versailles, where the distances between buildings were, and still are, rather huge. TheyContinue reading