The Last Days Of Louis XIV – August 16, 1715

Louis XIV and his Family, attributed to Nicolas de Largillière. Louis XIV (seated) with his son le Grand Dauphin (to the left), his grandson Louis, Duke of Burgundy (to the right), his great-grandson Louis Duke of Anjou, and Madame de Ventadour, Anjou's governess, who commissioned this painting; busts of Henry IV and Louis XIII are in the background.
Louis XIV and his Family, attributed to Nicolas de Largillière. Louis XIV (seated) with his son le Grand Dauphin (to the left), his grandson Louis, Duc de Bourgogne (to the right), his great-grandson Louis Duc d’Anjou, and Madame de Ventadour, Anjou’s governess, who commissioned this painting; busts of Henry IV and Louis XIII are in the background.

August 16, 1715

The Marquis de Dangeau writes: “The King’s chamber was open for admission at eleven o’clock. He heard mass in his bed, dined there at one o’clock, rose soon after, and gave audience to the envoy from Wolfenbuttel, and then was conveyed to Madame de Maintenon‘s, where he played with the ladies; and in the evening there was a grand concert. He felt himself a little relieved from his sciatica; but is still much affected with thirst, which makes many people think that he may probably have a slight fever. At night, he will have no physician sleep in his chamber: however, it is hoped that he will consent to it out of courtesy to the persons who intreat him to do so.”

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