Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, May 1664

Drawing of the Chariot of Apollo of the plaisirs de l’Île enchantée .

1 May, his Majesty and her Majesty la Reine-Mère attend the baptism of the son, who is thus named Louis, of the Marquise de Vervins at the chapel of the Louvre. After which their Majesties and Monseigneur leave Paris to spend the following days at Saint-Cloud.

2 May, their Majesties, Monseigneur, Monsieur and Madame enjoy the gardens of Saint-Cloud.

4 May, Monsieur invites their Majesties to snacks and a play.

5 May, the Royal Family leaves Saint-Cloud for Versailles. 600 guests are expected to arrive at Versailles for the plaisirs de l’Île enchantée, which will last three days and take place in the gardens of Versailles.

7 May, his Majesty, in the role of noble Roger, leads a parade along the Allée Royale to the enchanted palace of Alcine, especially set up for the occasion. After which his Majesty invites to a Carousel in the gardens. The court then proceeds to a stage set up in the gardens, where his Majesty invites to snacks and a ballet of the Seasons.

8 May, his Majesty invites his court to enjoy the gardens, where little entertainments have been set up as well as snacks and musique. In the evening, his Majesty invites to a performance of La Princesse d’Élide by Monsieur Molière.

9 May, his Majesty invites the court to the enchanted palace of Alcine, where a ballet will take place followed by fireworks. His Majesty, the plaisirs de l’Île enchantée being such a success, has decided to prolong the entertainment for a few more days. Que Dieu bénisse le Roi.

10 May, his Majesty invites to ring-races and various entertainments in the garden as well as a promenade in the menagerie.

11 May, his Majesty invites to a banquet and a performance of Monsieur Molière’s Les Fâcheux.

12 May, his Majesty invites to ring-races and a lottery. In the evening, his Majesty invites to Monsieur Molière’s Le Tartuffe ou l’Hypocrite, which is this day performed for this first time. His Majesty is greatly amused, but it is said the Church will condemn the piece.

13 May, his Majesty invites to ring-races and a performance of Messieurs Molière and Lully’s le Mariage forcé, which will be the last of the entertainments.

14 May, their Majesties leave Versailles for Fontainebleau and will spend the night at Chilly.

15 May, their Majesties spend the night at La Maison-Rouge.

16 May, their Majesties arrive at Fontainebleau, where they will reside until August with the court.

22 May, the Royal Family attends evensong at the chapel of Fontainebleau.

28 May, his Majesty has issued a royal edict to found the Compagnie française des Indes occidentales.

31 May, their Majesties attend evensong at the chapel of Fontainebleau.

 

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