The Last Days Of Louis XIV – October 23, 1715

Representation of the Place Where the Body of Louis XIV, King of France, Was Laid Out in the Church of Saint-Denis, 1715. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Estampes et de la Photographie.
Representation of the Place Where the Body of Louis XIV, King of France, Was Laid Out in the Church of Saint-Denis, 1715. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Estampes et de la Photographie.

October 23, 1715

After laying-in-state for forty days, in which constant stream of visitors roamed Saint-Denis, Louis XIV is finally buried.

The Marquis de Dangeau notes: “The funeral service of the late King was performed at Saint-Denis. The Cardinal de Rohan officiated, the Bishop de Castres pronounced the funeral oration. I have but too good an excuse for not describing this sad ceremony, which lasted till half-past five in the evening.”

Louis XIV’s body remained in the Bourbon-Crypt of Saint Denis for seventy-eight years, until the French Revolution got hold of it. On October 15, 1793, the Sun King’s coffin was opened and his body removed from the inner lead coffin. It was stripped of all valuables and tossed into a mass grave, along with the remains of his family.

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