Le Trianon de Porcelaine

In the 1670’s, as the palace of Versailles was still in the making, its park bordered on a little village called Trianon.   Trianon, or Triarnum as it was called in a papal bull ofContinue reading

Dangeau’s Diary, March 1687

9th. — Monsieur de Roquelaure had asked the King for the alienation fines of some estates be longing to Monsieur de Lauzun, and the King refused them, saying, that no person should wish to profitContinue reading

Palais des Tuileries

When you stand at the large place in front of the Louvre and turn your gaze away from the palace and towards the street, you will see a beautiful garden in the distance. This gardenContinue reading

Révolte des Lustucru

Louis XIV had to face his first revolt after the Fronde in 1662, one year after he took the reins of government into his own hands. The county of Boulonnais was of a strategic importanceContinue reading

Dangeau’s Diary, February 1687

  13th. — Versailles. The Duc de Crequi died this evening at Paris at three o’clock. The Duc de Gesvres, gentleman of the chamber for this year, upon opening the King’s curtains, informed him ofContinue reading

Lettre de cachet

Lettres de cachet were one of the most powerful tools of Louis XIV, for they could command, create… silence people or make people vanish forever. The power to issue lettres de cachet is a royal privilegeContinue reading

Le Palais-Royal

The Palais-Royal in Paris, situated pretty much across the street from the Louvre, was home to many members of the royal family, including Louis XIV during the turbulent times of the Fronde. It was there,Continue reading

Dangeau’s Diary, January 1687

  January 5th. — Versailles. The Dauphine was taken ill in the night. The King called upon her before he went to mass and his Majesty has deferred the children’s baptism till her health isContinue reading

Adieu 2017…

What a year, hm? I’m surely not the only one who thinks that the world got a little bit more crazy in 2017, am I? But I shan’t rant about politics and such things… forContinue reading