The Last Days Of Louis XIV – August 30, 1715

Louis XIV by Robert Nanteuil in 1970, engraving.
Louis XIV by Robert Nanteuil in 1670, engraving.

August 30, 1715

The gangrene spreads further. Dangeau notes “the leg was in such a state that it might have belonged to a man who had been dead for six months”.

Louis XIV can still swallow a little jelly and pure water, but his hands need to be held while he is fed, otherwise he would take it out of his mouth again. The King speaks from time to time, but has little consciousness of what happens around him. The despair of his doctors, servants and court. The sobbing of the ladies. The preparations of his funeral.

At around five o’clock in the evening Madame de Maintenon distributes her possessions amongst her servants, and drives off to Saint-Cyr. Never to return. The King wishes it so. Her despair pains him more than his leg.

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One thought on “The Last Days Of Louis XIV – August 30, 1715

  1. Description of the last days of Louis brings tears to my eyes. I feel not only sympathy for him, but also admiration for his courage in the face of death. He was probably the most calm and reasonably thinking man on the court in these last days. And yet many hours ahead of him…

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