• Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, August 1663

    1 August, his Majesty rides to Versailles for the hunt. 6 August, his Majesty grants an audience to Monsieur Hannibal Sehested, the extraordinary ambassador of Denmark, before the departure of the latter. 7 August, his Majesty receives the Députés des Ètats de Languedoc, who are led by the Bishop de Saint-Papoul. 11 August, their Majesties leave Paris for Versailles, intending…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, July 1663

    1 July, his Majesty invites Monsieur and Madame to travel to Versailles with him for the day and treats them to a fine supper, before returning to Paris in the evening. 5 July, his Majesty enjoys the hunt at Versailles. 13 July, their Majesties travel to the plaine de Colombes for a review of the gardes francaises and gardes suisses,…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, June 1663

    1 June, his Majesty, upon waking, is feeling better and it appears the worst is over. The King’s physician believes it is due to his decision to bleed his Majesty, although one would not do it on a patient with a fever so high. It is said that his Majesty told Monsieur Vallot, his physician, that he himself did not…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, May 1663

    6 May, his Majesty sets out to hunt at Livry, north-east of Paris, in company of the Duc d’Enghien. 8 May, his Majesty receives the deputies of the Sorbonne and is presented with the declaration of the Sorbonne regarding the infallibility of the pope by the Archbishop de Paris. 11 May, Monsieur le Marquis d’Ouatigny is sworn in by his…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, April 1663

    3 April, the Comte de Brienne has resigned from his position as secrétaire d’État aux Affaires étrangères, which he had held since 1643. 4 April, his Majesty receives the abbé Elpidio Benedetti, who has just arrived from Rome. 6 April, his Majesty receives Monsieur Alvise Sagredo, who is the ambassador of Venice. 7 April, Monsieur Jean Hérault, Baron de Gourville,…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, March 1663

    1 March, his Majesty grants an audience to the Prince de Holstein, Christian Albert of Holstein-Gottorp, who is the brother of the Queen-Regent of Sweden. After which his Majesty receives Monsieur Ghiron Francesco Villa, ambassador of Savoy, before the departure of the latter from France. 3 March, his Majesty travels to Versailles for the chase. 4 March, his Majesty and…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, February 1663

    1 February, Monsieur de Montespan has sought the King’s permission to marry Mademoiselle de Tonnay-Charente. A contract has already been set up and his Majesty granted his permission, yet the royal family will not sign the documents, Montespan’s uncle being a prominent Jansenist. The Ballet des Arts is once again performed tonight. 2 February, Sainte Rencontre, accompanied by the Chevaliers…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, January 1663

    1 January, the King and the Queen visit the Ursulines of Saint-Cloud for their devotions, before returning to Paris. Having returned to Paris, his Majesty, in company of Monsieur, the Prince de Condé, the Ducs de Vendôme and d’Enghien, as well as fifty Chevaliers du Saint-Esprit, proceeds to the church of the Feuillants. His Majesty, wearing the grand collier of…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, December 1662

    1 December, having heard mass, his Majesty leaves Abbeville at seven o’clock in the morning en route to Calais. His Majesty arrives at Calais at seven o’clock in the evening and is warmly greeted by the Comte de Charost, who is the governor of Calais. 2 December, having heard mass, his Majesty and the gentlemen accompanying him, leave Calais for…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, November 1662

    1 November, fête de la Toussaint, his Majesty travels to the Feuillants for a mass celebrated by Cardinal Barberini, grand aumônier de France, after which he receives Communion and attends mass, celebrated by the bishop of Périgueux. Having attended mass, his Majesty travels to the Tuileries, where he heals those afflicted by sickness with his royal touch. Le Roy te…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, October 1662

    1 October, his Majesty travels to Versailles to enjoy the autumn gardens. Having returned to Paris, his Majesty goes to the Palais-Royal, where Monsieur holds a ball for the dames de la cour. 8 October, at the Bois de Boulogne, his Majesty attends a review of his gardes françaises, gardes du corps, mousquetaires, chevau-légers and gendarmes. 10 October, his Majesty…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, August 1662

    1 August, his Majesty, in company of the Messieurs Séguier, Turenne and Villeroy, receives the president and several representatives of the Chambre de justice and reproaches them for acting against his wishes. 2 August, their Majesties enjoy their time at Saint-Germain. Every evening their Majesties promenade in the park to the sound of music. This evening they attend a comedy…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, September 1662

    1 September, Monsieur de Créquy, his Majesty’s ambassador to the Holy See, has left Rome today in a haste. At Rueil, his Majesty, in company of Monsieur, Madame, and part of the court, enjoys a pleasant promenade, followed by light snacks and a concert of the Vingt-quatre Violons du Roi. 2 September, the nuncio, Celio Piccolomini, who has been ordered…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, July 1662

    1 July, his Majesty names Hardouin de Pérefixe de Beaumont, Bishop of Rodez, to be the new Archbishop of Paris. At the same time, the Bishop of Rennes is made Archbishop of Auch and the Bishop of Castres is named Archbishop of Toulouse. 4 July, the Conseil d’en haut has decided that solely the Chambre de justice has the power…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, June 1662

    1 June, his Majesty returns from Fontainebleau and stops at Saint-Cloud, where he is welcomed by Monsieur and treated to some splendid snacks. 2 June, his Majesty has dispatched the Marquis d’Estrades to the King of England in order to congratulate the English Majesty on his wedding with the Infanta of Portugal (Catherine of Braganza). 4 June, His Majesty visits…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, May 1662

    1 May, his Majesty is displeased with the Duchesse de Montpensier, for her lack of interest to marry the King of Portugal. 2 May, a grand spectacle is being prepared for the following month. It will be a competition of horsemanship and held in front of the Louvre to celebrate the birth of Monseigneur. 3 May, his Majesty pays a…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, April 1662

    1 April, according to rumours a great scandal happened last month. It appears that Mademoiselle de La Vallière had fled court for a convent and his Majesty was forced to ride there to make her return. Their Majesties sign the contract of marriage of Monsieur le Marquis de Vaubrun and Mademoiselle Marie-Marguerite-Thérèse de Bautru de Serrant, daughter of the Comte…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, March 1662

      1 March, their Majesties travel to #Versailles in order to spend the day there. 3 March, their Majesties go to the Louvre to visit the Princesse Palatine (Anne de Gonzague) in order to state their condolences on the demise of her mother-in-law, la Reine de Bohême (Elizabeth Stuart). Afterwards, they attend the sermon of Abbé Bossuet. 4 March, the…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, February 1662

    1 February, the King enjoys the hunt in the area around the village of Saint-Denis. 2 February, Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, as it is tradition, their Majesties, Monseigneur and Monsieur are presented with a ceremonial candle by the rector of the university. Then  their Majesties attend the procession which takes place by the Louvre, after which, in…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, January 1662

    1 January, his Majesty returns to the grand couvent des Augustins, where the festivities which started the previous day continue, and participates in mass and Communion celebrated by the Archbishop of Lyon. After mass, his Majesty goes to meet the ill to heal them with his touch. Le Roy te touche et Dieu te guerit. His Majesty again returns to…

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