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, it is the pain in his tightly bandaged leg that gets worse again and keeps him awake. At seven o’clock in the evening, the King drinks a glass of Peruvian bark in water, followed by donkey’s milk to ease the fever.

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