Myth V: Absolutism

I imagine Louis XIV’s surprised countenance if he has learnt that he has been the absolute monarch. And this might be the great discovery also for you, Esteemed Readers. The absolute monarchy, absolutism in the 17th century – that what we have been learned at school and that what is still promoted actively in books on history. Ha-ha-ha!

First of all let’s try to comprehend the origin of this term. It’s sad to mention, but the term ‘absolutism‘, together with ‘the Ancient Régime‘ so famous to us, were invented by a group of activists at the Revolution period. (Alexis de Tocqueville, for example). They created a substantial theory, perverting the true sense of the monarchy in France. Cutting cruelly the Divine basis & traditions, these young people made a great favour to the new French government, that felt unsecure & uncertain and only dreamed to destroy any recollection of the previous historical period as soon as it possible.

We all know what the absolutism mean. But what kind of reigning was in the 17th century France? In his great ‘The Political Testament’ His Eminence Cardinal de Richelieu says that the State is an image of the God’s Kingdom on Earth. Besides he often refers to the fact that France is the Universal Monarchy. Do you see the difference? The Universal monarchy means serving to God & to Subjects, to do everything for good, but, at the same time, the king’s rights are very restricted: on one hand with the Scripture, on the other hand with Councils and various executive bodies. There are a lot of legends, stories & anecdotes about bureaucracy in the 17th century France. No matter the king was the head of the state, far not every his will or law were accepted easily. Officers, like a cancer, created big problems to the state and the king had to fight with this army of spongers, who revenged in the most disgusting way: in 1789 they simply erased the true sense of the Universal Monarchy in France.

Vive le Roy!

Maria KethuProfumo

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Myth IV: Greatest Lover of All The Times

 

Esteemed Readers, please, don’t take my words wrongly. By no means I wish to show any disrespect towards my King! All I want is to touch this rather curious topic from another point of view. 🙂

So, an ordinary Louis XIV we know from the movies, is a real womanizer and unhealthy sexually addicted person. I’ve watched all the movies about him and there is none where he would simply be represented as an honourable man! Mon Dieu! The modern visual interpretations show him as a true macho who could not control his own passions. Well…let me doubt so much.

Certainly, he was the real man and loved the women and had children from them. Thanks God! However how much real time he, being the Sovereign of France and the King of the great responsibility, was able to spend with them? The Royal schedule is known to us. He worked day and night, had little time for entertainments, (here I wish to pay your dearest attention to the fact that the Court feasts, etc. were a part of the Royal policy, not simple pleasures) and had no idea about such a concept as ‘a private life’.  So…let’s not exaggerate the obvious things. Besides, Louis XIV was a true chevalier, who respected all the women, no matter their Rang. Would he really chase them for ordinary carnal desires? And what about his own Royal honour?

O tempores, o mores! (Oh, times! Oh, morals!) The honour! In our century this concept has become so archaic! It means nothing. It plays no importance in any kind of relationship…When in the 17th century France the honour was the only true gem of any good man.

Vive le Roy!

Maria KethuProfumo

 

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Myth III: Louis XIV Did Not Wash

Oh, Esteemed Readers, can you imagine that one of the greatest kings of France had only few baths in his life? Poor creature! He had no idea of soap, sponge, hot water, fresh towels. I wonder how he managed to spend almost 77 years of life without these little everyday pleasures. Hm…something is wrong here. If Louis never had a bath, then why in 1688 by Edict de Colbert he has regulated the soap formula and gave the name ‘Savon de Marseille’ to all kinds of soaps produced in this region? This fact proves that the king at least was familiar with soap and, may be, even guessed why it was used for.

Defaming great people does not add much honour to historians. While the true 17th century France had a lot of bath rituals, bath linen sheets produced all over the country, beautiful brass baths and, certainly, the soap we still know as ‘Savon de Marseille’.

Vive le Roy!

Maria KethuProfumo

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Myth II: The State is Me

‘Mon Dieu! O-la-la! Ha-ha-ha! Mu-mu-mu!’ that’s what I’m going to reply to the one who has invented this really shameful expression. And some other strong words to those who believed in it.

Why Louis XIV couldn’t say it and even think in such a manner? First of all he was a sacred figure and God’s Lieutenant on Earth. He realized his Mission profoundly. Moreover, it is believed that any king bears a piece of Saint Spirit. And obviously it turns a human into a semi-God. While the semi-God comprehends things differently. Second the sense of King’s life was to serve God, France & his Subjects. He never comprehended and was not even able to separate these things, allowing himself to replace the Lord with his own ego. He even had no ego. For, as the State was an image of the Divine Kingdom on Earth, he would have committed a blasphemy by placing himself on the top.

And linguistically it was impossible as well. The phrase in modern French sounds: L’Etat c’est moi!’ Ha-ha-ha! The revolutionists have made a great language reform, so, therefore, Louis XIV would have not even comprehended it, if he had heard. In Old French it must sound: ‘L’Estat c’est moy!’ And if we take into account the fact that l’Estat meant God, he would have never dared to say so.  Anyhow, thanks to the author of this aphorism. He has made a brilliant historical anecdote.

Have a nice day & Vive le Roy!

Maria KethuProfumo

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Myth I: Louis XIV – The Sun King

Descendants, unfortunately, are very ungrateful. They like to invent various stories & to defame names of their great & illustrious ancestors, using the fact that the last ones are dead and can’t protect their honour.

Louis XIV is one of the most defamed kings ever. The French revolution worked hard to destroy his true essence. So, let’s start from his famous nick-name: “The Sun-King”. ‘Is it  a nick name?’ you might ask, my Esteemed Readers? Yes, because in the past any king was regarded as Jupiter or Sun in many cultures, but Rulers were always named according their deeds. Louis XIII, Louis’s father, deserves much more to be called the Sun-King, because he used this symbolism more. Louis XIV had the name of Dieudonné /Godsent and further became Louis le Grand, that was a sign of the greatest respect on behalf of his Nation.

For the 17th century people the figure of their king was sacral. The king was  God’s Vicar on Earth, Father of the Nation. It was believed that his personality bore a piece of the Saint Spirit inside. He was always respected, mentioned in prayers of common people. The Royal Family and all the events happened there were alike a center of adoration. On the other hand, the King considered his Nation as children he had to take care of with great responsibility and always remembered that himself he had no mother, no father, no family. That’s why when a Sovereign was depicted as a Mighty Jupiter nobody would see in it anything unnatural.

The French of the 17th century would be really surprised to learn that such a great personality as Louis XIV has got such an odd name. They would certainly ask what about Dieudonné/Godsent? But what can answer to that those who destroyed the Divine Order and established a liberal kingdom of democracy?

Maria KethuProfumo

 

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Great Anniversary!

Esteemed Readers,

in occasion of the Great 380th Anniversary of the Great French King Louis XIV Dieudonnè Eternamenta lunches a year of charming blog celebrations. All the year (February 2018-February 2019)  I will tell you about his true personality, his milieu, customs, traditions & real life in the 17th century France. Riddles are included. I hope you will enjoy this historical journey together with me. Now, go!

VIVE LE ROY!

Maria KethuProfumo

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Music Inspiration

Esteemed Readers,

in anticipation of the new lunar year to come and some other fabulous events that are hold in Eternamenta blog since February 1, I wish to share with you this wonderful song. May it bring you inspiration too:

Have a nice Sunday! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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