Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, March 1665

Anne d’Autriche and Marie-Thérèse d’Autriche with the Grand Dauphin

 

1 March, his Majesty and Mademoiselle attend the baptism of the Comte de Maubec, who is thus named Louis in honour of his Majesty. He is the oldest son of Duc de Villars and was born in 1663. Their Majesties, Monsieur and Mademoiselle attend mass at the chapelle du Louvre afterwards.

6 March, his Majesty travels to Roule, north-east of Paris, for a review of his Grande Fauconnerie. His Majesty then leaves Roule for the plaine de Saint-Denis, where a entertainment is hosted to see the birds of his Majesty’s Grande Fauconnerie fly.

8 March, their Majesties and her Majesty, la Reine-Mère, as well as Monsieur and Mademoiselle, attend a sermon of Père Cueillens in the chapel of the Louvre.

10 March, his Majesty receives Monsieur Sagredo, ambassador of Venice, who comes to thank his Majesty for a gift made to the republic.

11 March, his Majesty and the court return to the plaine de Saint-Denis to see the birds of his Majesty’s Grande Fauconnerie fly.

13 March, his Majesty sets out to hunt stags at Versailles and is accompanied by her Majesty and Mademoiselle.

14 March, his Majesty and Mademoiselle de La Vallière appear to be very close again. The court does not fail to see, again, how Mademoiselle de La Vallière still appears embarrassed when his Majesty hints his affection in public.

15 March, their Majesties attend a sermon of Père Cueillens at the Louvre.

17 March, his Majesty receives the Comte de Liria, envoy of Spain, for his audience of leave.

19 March, his Majesty goes to the Feuillants in company of Monsieur, it being the Feast of Saint Joseph, and attends mass held by the Abbé de Fromentières.

20 March, his Majesty meets in his apartment all the people having voting rights for the appointment of the twelve directors, who will be the general management of the Compagnie des Indes Orientales. It will be a secret vote.

22 March, His Majesty, during a mass which he attends, receives the oath of the Bishop d’Agen. After whcih his Majesty and his Royal Highness, Monsieur, attend a sermon by Père Cueillens.

23 March, their Majesties sign the contract of marriage of Monsieur le Marquis de Caderousse (Just Joseph François d’Ancezune-Cadart) and Mademoiselle Plessis de Guénégaud (Claire-Bénédicte de Guénégaud de Plancy).

24 March, after hearing mass in the chapel of the Louvre, their Majesties and Monsieur leave Paris for Chartres at 7 o’clock in the morning. After having stopped to dine at Saint-Arnoult, their Majesties and Monsieur arrive at Chartres at about five o’clock in the evening. Where their Majesties and Monsieur are welcomed at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres by the bishop of Chartres and attend mass to thank God for the recovery of her Majesty, the reason for the voyage. Their Majesties and Monsieur then visit the chapelle Sous-Terre to say their prayers before the Miraculous Image of the Virgin, after which they stay with the bishop, Monsieur de Neufville de Villeroy.

25 March, Annonciation, their Majesties speak with the cathedral chapter and other bodies of the city, after which they attend mass at the chapelle Sous-Terre in company of the Prince de Condé and the Duc d’Enghien. At around noon, at the same church, their Majesties attend a sermon of père Georges Le Juge, a Capuchin. Their Majesties then visit the treasury of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, after which they dine in public and will later hold their supper in public as well.

26 March, his Majesty and Monsieur visit the treasury of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres together, after which they join her Majesty in the chapelle Sous-Terre for mass. Afterwards, their Majesties and Monsieur leave Chartres for Paris, with a stop at Saint-Arnoult for dinner, and arrive in Paris in the evening.

28 March, his Majesty receives the ambassador of Spain.

29 March, Rameaux, their Majesties receive the blessed palm leave at the chapel of the Louvre, after which they attend grand-mass. Their Majesties return to the chapel of the Louvre with Monsieur for a sermon of père Cueillens and later again for evensong.

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