• The Last Days Of Louis XIV – August 27, 1715

    It is Tuesday, eighteen days after Louis XIV first complained of the pain in his leg. No new black spot appeared during the last days, but the King is becoming weaker by the day. His mind is still clear, but his body merely flesh and bones. Each day his leg is dressed with new bandages in a painful procedure he…

  • The Last Days Of Louis XIV – August 24, 1715

    Louis XIV is in pain. The King dined in bed and held a council of Finances, then continued to work alone with the Chancellor. In the evening the court was allowed to enter the King’s room in order to see him, in his dressing gown, sup in public. It was the last time they did so. Louis’ leg began to…

  • The Last Days Of Louis XIV – August 22, 1715

    Louis XIV did not sleep very well till three o’clock. As he woke, the King saw the four physicians he did not see the previous day. Some of them were sure the King suffered of fevers every night, just as Mareschal thought, and ordered remedies to ease the fever. It is not the fever that troubles Louis XIV the most,…

  • The Last Days Of Louis XIV – August 20, 1715

      Louis XIV slept better. He only drank three times during the night. The King heard mass in bed, being not able to leave it, due to a feeling of weakness, and saw the ambassadors as he ate dinner. Today, he did not go to Madame de Maintenon’s rooms, but asked her to come to his. The King’s leg aches a little…

  • The Last Days Of Louis XIV – August 12, 1715

    Guy-Crescent Fagon, Louis XIV’s physician, diagnoses the King to suffer of sciatica. A medical condition of pain going down the leg from the lower back, typically only on one side of the body, and nothing life threatening. Georges Mareschal, First Surgeon to the King, has his doubts. So have the servants. < August 11      > August 13 

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