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Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, April 1665 – Party like 1660

Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, April 1665

Engraving of the Chateau de Saint-Cloud by Israël Silvestre, around 1650


1 April, their Majesties and Madame travel to the Feuillants for the Tenebrae.

2 April, Jeudi Saint, his Majesty attends the ceremony of the Last Supper in the great hall of the guards of the Louvre. Then attends a sermon by the bishop of Dax, after which he washes the feet of twelve poor people and serves them “in the usual way”.Afterwards, his Majesty travels at once to the Feuillants, where he joins her Majesty and Monsieur for grand-mass, followed by the Holy Sacrament. Their Majesties then return to the Feuillants for evensong and the Tenebrae.

3 April, Vendredi Saint, their Majesties, at around 7 o’clock in the morning, attend the sermon of père Cueillenson on the topic of the Passion of Jesus, after which they go to the Fueillants for the Adoration of the Cross. At around noon, their Majesties travel to Val-de-Grâce, where they visit her Majesty, la Reine-Mére, and later attend evensong and the Tenebrae.

4 April, his Majesty goes to Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois for his devotions, after which he goes to the Tuileries to heal the ill with his Royal Touch. Le Roi te touche, Dieu te guérit. In the afternoon, their Majesties and her Majesty, la Reine-Mère, attend the Compline at the chapel of the Louvre.

5 April, Pâques, their Majesties attend grand-mass at Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois, to where they return in the afternoon for a sermon of père Pelletier, as well as evensong.

7 April, his Majesty reviews his mousquetaires in the surroundings of Paris. His Majesty then receives Monsieur le Duc de Verneuil, his uncle, and Monsieur Courtin des Mesnuls for their hearing of leave, before the Messieurs depart for England as ambassadors extraordinary.

10 April, his Majesty names Monsieur Arnoul (Nicolas Arnoul) intendant des galères à Marseille.

11 April, his Majesty receives Lord Holles (Hollis), the ambassador of England.

12 April, his Majesty receives the ambassador of Savoy, Monsieur Carroccio, who is accompanied by Monsieur le Marquis de Parelle, a gentilhomme de la chambre of the Duc de Savoie.

14 April, his Majesty visits the couvent des Minimes de la place Royale for a mass held in honour of Saint François de Paule.

15 April, their Majesties receive a messenger of the Elector of Bavaria, who brings the happy news of the Electress, Henriette-Adélaïde de Savoie, cousin of his Majesty, having given birth to a son 9 days ago.

18 April, his Majesty and her Majesty, la Reine-Mère, attend the baptism of the Comte d’Évreux, son of the Duc and Duchesse de Bouillon (Godefroy Maurice de La Tour d’Auvergne and Marie-Anne Mancini), who is thus named Louis in honour of his Majesty.

20 April, their Majesties and Monseigneur travel to Saint-Germain-en-Laye on a on a small galley led by more than sixty rowers.

21 April, his Majesty visits Saint-Cloud for a promenade through the spring gardens with Monsieur, and is joined there later by her Majesty, la Reine-Mére.

29 April, his Majesty arrives in Paris, from Saint-Germain-en-Laye, at around half past 9 in the morning, accompanied by the Ducs d’Enghien and de Bouillon, as well as the Comte de Charost, and attends mass at Sainte-Chapelle. After mass, his Majesty proceeds to the Grand Chambre du Palais de la Cité for a lit de justice to register new laws against Jansenism.

One Comment

  • Bruce L

    Thank you again for all the translations. Funny how it took nine days to learn of his relatives childbirth. Today, it would be nine seconds!