• Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, August 1661

    3 August, his Majesty sets out to hunt in the forests of Fontainebleau, before the Ballet des Saisons is performed once more in the evening. 4 August, his Majesty invites to a promenade at the canal and is happily joined by the court and its beauties. 7 August, the ladies often promenade by carriage in the evenings, when the air…

  • Must-watch Louis XIV movies…

    With Versailles being over, do you wonder what Louis XIV related productions you could watch next? As it happens, Louis wasn’t just a great King, but also is a bit of a movie star. There is plenty of stuff featuring him and I will list some of them, the ones I like the best, for you. If you are here…

  • Marguerite de Lorraine, Duchesse d’Orléans

    Born on 22 July in 1615, Marguerite was a daughter of François de Lorraine and his wife Christine de Salm. At the time of her birth, her father was known as the Comte de Vaudémont. He was a son of Charles III, Duc de Lorraine, and Claude de France, daughter of Henri II, and upon Charles’ death in 1608, François’ older brother Henri became Duc…

  • Website issues…

    Rant incoming, bear with me: My website is hosted by one of the major companies. For some time now, random posts stop to work. As in, they work fine one day, but the next day they are displayed as a blank page. (Not even the admin panel shows on them then.) Doesn’t matter what browser and which post is affected…

  • Was Louis XIV illegitimate?

    Versailles season 3 plays with the idea that Louis XIV, the great Sun King, was not legitimate. This idea is not new at all and pretty much as old as Louis XIV. If a child is legitimate, it means it is born to two people bound in marriage and those two people are the natural parents of the child. If…

  • Ninon de Lenclos, courtisane and femme d’esprit

    Louis XIV’s court was full with witty and smart ladies. Ninon de Lenclos is one of the most famous. She was praised for her beauty, her style, her mind, her spirit, her council… the list goes on. She was legendary already during her lifetime.   Ninon was born around 10 November 1620 as Anne de l’Enclos, also spelled de Lenclos or de Lanclos, and…

  • A Party At Vaux-le-Vicomte…

    “On 17 August, at six in the evening Fouquet was the King of France: at two in the morning he was nobody.” This quote by Voltaire sums the evening of 17 August in 1661 perfectly up. In the early evening hours of that warm summer day, Nicolas Fouquet’s star shone bright on the firmament over Vaux-le-Vicomte. Only a few hours later, he…

  • Thoughts on Versailles season three, episode ten….

    Episode ten. They very last one of this season and of Versailles. Are you eager to know what will happen? I haven’t seen the episode before, same goes for the last three, so I have no clue what to expect… but I know some details as to what will happen to one character…. and everything behind this sentence will be very…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, July 1661

    1 July, the price for a bag of wheat of the best quality reaches new heights. In Paris one has to pay 25 livres now, one year ago it were only 15 livres. 1 July, his Majesty gives the bishopric d’Evreux to the Bishop du Puy, the bishopric du Puy to the Bishop de Saint-Fleur, the bishopric de Saint-Fleur to…

  • Thoughts on Versailles season three, episode nine….

    Here we go with episode nine, which means Versailles season 3 is almost over… and everything behind this sentence will be very full of spoilers. Last episode, we had Jeanne engaging in criminal acts, the Chevalier having some sexy-time, Philippe being a doting son, Liselotte plotting with Colbert… and the King jumped off a cliff.   His Majesty is under water,…

  • Thoughts on Versailles season three, episode eight….

    Salut and vive le roi. Episode eight. Are you ready for this? Lots of things happened last episode. Sophie and Eléonore are on the way to the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, after Fabien let them go. The Church, or rather Cardinal Leto, is not happy with Louis and the other way around. The Chevalier engaged in forgery. Bontemps spilled the…

  • Thoughts on Versailles season three, episode seven….

    Bonjour! Here we go again. I apologise for the silence/delay. My doing other things, took longer than I thought it would take. I did those other things and I was quite flattered so many of you could not wait for me to continue with the reviews. The day has finally come, so lets ramble on…. but before we start, let…

  • Thoughts on Versailles: The Queen’s mysterious ear bug…

    Marie-Thérèse d’Autriche, Louis XIV’s wife, is killed off with the help of some mysterious bug in Versailles. If you read my season three reviews, you know that I had no clue what kind of bug that was and I said I will update you if I find out what it is.   It is called Triatoma infestans and very ugly. I…

  • The château de Marly and the “les Marlys”

    In 1676, before the court moved to Versailles and while Versailles was a big construction side, Louis XIV bought two estates not too far away for another large building project… which would become a château of which many said it outshone Versailles. The Sun King bought two ancient seigneuries -fiefs- called Marly-le-Chastel and Marly-le-Bourg, located between Versailles and Saint-Germain-en-Laye in a…

  • Marie-Adélaïde de Savoie, Duchesse de Bourgogne et Dauphine de France

    Marie-Adélaïde de Savoie was certainly on of the most sparkling gems of Louis XIV’s Versailles and the mother of Louis XV. She was born in Turin on 6 December in 1685 to Victor-Amédée II, Duc de Savoie, and Anne-Marie d’Orléans. Anne-Marie d’Orléans was a daughter of Monsieur, brother to Louis XIV, and his first wife Henriette d’Angleterre, sister of Charles II. She married Victor-Amédée…

  • Chronologie de la vie de Louis XIV, June 1661

    1 June, the King receives the Comte de Fuensaldagne, ambassador extraordinary of Spain, for an audience. 3 June, her Majesty invites to a ball, which is opened by the King and Madame. 5 June, Pentecost, the King receives communion in the lower chapel, before, wearing the grand collier de l’ordre, he meets a great number of sick persons to cure…

  • Giveaway: Louis XIV, the real Sun King

    As you might know, the lovely Jules Harper and I wrote a book and it happens to be about Louis XIV.   It’s a small biography, not too long and too to. We talk about all sort of things, from Louis’ birth and youth, his education, coronation, love-life, fashion, daily routine, customs of Versailles and Versailles in general, we talk…

  • Françoise-Marie de Bourbon, Duchesse d’Orléans

    Françoise-Marie was the youngest illegitimate daughter of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan. She was born 4 May 1677 at the château de Maintenon, but not given into care of Madame de Maintenon, because the Marquise was not happy the King and la Montespan were still sharing beds.   She grew up in the care of the Mesdames de Monchevreuil,…