Bonjour! Welcome to the ballroom. Straighten your cravat, adjust your coiffure and ribbons, to dance through 17th Century France and the splendid court of the Sun King. Here you will find interesting tales and gossip, chatter about the court, talk of poison and mistresses, mazarinettes, etiquette, and, of course, much ado about Louis XIV himself, as well as Canal +’s Versailles.



I am your hostess, Aurora von Goeth, a German Mademoiselle with a passion for the time of Louis XIV, his court, its occupants and etiquette.

During the years, I have developed a special interest in everything regarding Louis XIV’s brother, Philippe de France, and his paramour the Chevalier de Lorraine, extended research has been done on both. Another of my great loves is court etiquette, a rather fascinating topic.

You can also find me on Twitter, where I post interesting news about 17th century France.

My first book on topic of Louis XIV, written together with my partner-in-bonbon-devouring Jules Harper, will be published by Pen & Swords in 2018.


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Bonne visite.