• La Maison Royale de Saint-Louis

    The Maison Royale de Saint-Louis aka Saint-Cyr was created in 1684 by Louis XIV at request of his secret wife Madame de Maintenon and served as school for impoverished noble girls.   The creation of such a school was a project very dear to Madame de Maintenon. She came herself from a poor noble family, lost her parents early, and…

  • Dangeau’s Diary, July 1686

    3d. — The King has given one hundred thousand francs to Monsieur de Ville, the inventor of the machine for raising the waters of the Seine. His Majesty has also increased his pension by two thousand francs, so that he has now a pension of eight thousand francs, having enjoyed one of two thousand crowns for these last four or…

error: Content is protected !!