Category: Le Salon

Dangeau’s Diary, October 1686

2d. — Within these few days past, the King has very frequently seen the Siamese ambassadors, both in his little apartment, where he has said a thousand obliging things to them, and also in hisContinue reading

Congratulations! It’s a book!

As Marie-Thérése gave birth to her first child, Louis XIV was so filled with joy that he apparently opened the windows wide and shouted at the crowd outside ‘The Queen gave birth to an heir!’.Continue reading

Of Ink, Wit and Intrigue…

  ‘THE WILDEST AND MOST FANTASTICAL ODD MAN ALIVE.’ Susan Cooper-Bridgewater explores the life of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester, in Of Ink, Wit and Intrigue, a gripping novel that weaves together fact andContinue reading

Versailles goes Down Under

You might have heard of the fabulous exhibition the National Gallery of Australia and the Chateau de Versailles have set up in Canberra. Treasures such as paintings, tapestries, furniture, and even Latona herself, the largeContinue reading

Versailles Giveaway!

It is time for a giveaway again. Hurray! Enter the form below for a chance to win a Sun King notebook with matching pencil and a utterly cute Versailles memory card game featuring many historical peopleContinue reading

Recipes from the time of Louis XIV

Here are two, not too complicated, recipes for some of Louis XIV’s favourite things to eat. Both are meant for six persons, and both have two of the Sun King’s favoured ingredients, asparagus and pears. L’OmeletteContinue reading

Adieu 2016….

2016 is nearly over, I presume it is already in some parts of the world as I write this, and I want to take a moment to thank all my readers for their support. PartyContinue reading

Mademoiselle Has Been Interviewed

Oui. I am as surprised as you are. Or was as surprised, as the lovely Kate Braithwaite, whose book Charlatan we reviewed here, asked me if I would be up for a little interview. Here it is. IContinue reading

Mademoiselle In Facebook Purgatory

Some might have already noticed it, my whole Facebook presence vanished from one second to the next. With that I mean, my actual account and my page for this blog. What happened? I actually don’tContinue reading

Paris With Claire

Paris is a beautiful city and a large city full of history. There are the major tourist attractions everyone knows about, but there are also the little side-streets with their beautiful buildings, small parks, corners theContinue reading

Versailles Giveaway!

Versailles is finally to air in the UK. Hurray. BBC Two will air the first season from June 1st on and this calls for a celebration, does it not?   As little thank you forContinue reading