• Court Mourning

    The colours of mourning followed Louis XIV during his long reign of seventy-two years and especially in the last years of his reign, the court hardly got out of mourning. Court mourning followed strict rules of etiquette as well as strict rules of fashion, the latter so much that fabric merchants all over France suffered great losses whenever the court went…

  • The Last Days Of Louis XIV – October 23, 1715

    After laying-in-state for forty days, during which a constant stream of visitors roamed Saint-Denis, Louis XIV’s coffin is carried into the crypt. By tradition, the coffin of a deceased King is placed by the entrance of the crypt, until his successor’s demise, after which the King’s coffin is brought to its final resting place and the successor takes the spot…

  • The Last Days Of Louis XIV – September 9, 1715

    At first light, the funeral convoy is welcomed at the city gates by the Dionysian clergy. After the customary prayers are said, Louis XIV’s body is taken into the Basilica of Saint Denis. It had been decorated in mourning and the upper choir was transformed into a lying-in-state chapel for the King’s coffin. In the meanwhile, the King’s heart was…

  • The Last Days Of Louis XIV – September 8, 1715

    Louis XIV’s coffin is brought from his apartments to the Marble Court of Versailles. At precisely seven o’clock in the evening the royal hearse leaves the château for Saint-Denis, the traditional burial-place of the French Kings. The Sun King will join his wife and legitimate children there, as well as his brother, and his first wife, their mother and father.…

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