Notre-Dame de Paris

That most glorious church of the most glorious Virgin Mary, mother of God, deservedly shines out, like the sun among stars. There is the saying that all roads lead to Rome. In France, all majorContinue reading

Dangeau’s Diary, April 1688

22d. — The King has presented Racine and Despreaux, who are employed in writing his history, with one thousand pistoles each. 29th. — I am told that the King has given a pension of twoContinue reading

Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

Music during the time of Louis XIV was dominated by the male gender, there is one woman however who was celebrated for her creations as much as the males.   Élisabeth Jacquet was born in theContinue reading

La Galerie des Glaces

The chateau de Versailles has a lot of places and rooms that make one look around in awe, but the most impressive of them all is most likely the Hall of Mirrors aka the GalerieContinue reading

Dangeau’s Diary, March 1688

2d. — Intelligence from Rome has arrived stating that the Pope was extremely vexed and mortified at the decree of the parliament, and the speech of Monsieur Talon, that at first he was inclined toContinue reading

Anne d’Autriche

Ana María Mauricia de Austria y Austria-Estiria or short Anne d’Autriche was born on 22 September 1601 as eldest daughter of Philip III of Spain and his second cousin and wife Margaret of Austria.  Continue reading

Dangeau’s Diary, February 1688

8th. — After supper, Monsieur de Luxembourg introduced at the Princesse de Conti’s, three Italian comedians, some of the best dancers, and Mademoiselle de la Lande, Monseigneur and Madame la Duchesse, were present. The spectacleContinue reading

Les Filles du Roi

Nouvelle-France or New France, the area colonised by France in North America, was a place for adventures and in first mainly occupied by gentlemen, who weren’t always really gentlemen-like. New France was a place ofContinue reading

Dangeau’s Diary, January 1688

  8th. — The Pope has ordered, that in all the churches throughout Rome, service should be stopped the moment Monsieur de Lavardin, our ambassador, should enter them. Thus treating him as an excommunicated person.Continue reading

Adieu 2018…..

This has become a bit of a tradition, hasn’t it? I don’t know about you, but many say 2017 was quite a strange year. 2018 tops it for me by far and I’m not evenContinue reading

A 17th century Christmas….

Christmas, as we know it now with all its tinsel and presents, did not always involve presents… and for the court of Louis XIV it was a rather dull affair mostly. Christmas meant a massContinue reading

Dangeau’s Diary, December 1687

1st. — Marly. The King remarked, that so many persons had desired to accompany him to Marly, that if the chateau had been as large as that of Fontainebleau, they could not all be accommodated.Continue reading

L’escalier des Ambassadeurs

L’escalier des Ambassadeurs, also called Grand escalier de Versailles, was one of the château’s main attractions and of great political importance. This monumental staircase was the place, where ambassadors from all around the world were waiting toContinue reading

Julie d’Aubigny, Mademoiselle Maupin

One can use a lot of words to describe Mademoiselle Maupin, a flamboyant cross-dressing opera-singing swords-woman, but utterly badass might be the most fitting.   Julie was born between 1670 and 1673 to Gaston d’Aubigny, who servedContinue reading

Dangeau’s Diary, October 1687

22d. — Fontainebleau. The King expected that Monsieur le Prince would have been here to speak to him, respecting the conduct of Monsieur le Duc, with whom his Majesty is not satisfied. He wishes himContinue reading

The War of the Reunions, 1683-1684

The War of the Reunions was a short conflict in a larger conflict between France, the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire. Some historians claim it was Louis XIV’sContinue reading

Must-watch Louis XIV movies…

With Versailles being over, do you wonder what Louis XIV related productions you could watch next? As it happens, Louis wasn’t just a great King, but also is a bit of a movie star. ThereContinue reading

Website issues…

Rant incoming, bear with me: My website is hosted by one of the major companies. For some time now, random posts stop to work. As in, they work fine one day, but the next dayContinue reading

A Party At Vaux-le-Vicomte…

“On 17 August, at six in the evening Fouquet was the King of France: at two in the morning he was nobody.” This quote by Voltaire sums the evening of 17 August in 1661 perfectly up. InContinue reading