Louis XIV Asks Riddles IX

Esteemed Readers, as you know sport existed even in the 17th century, so I offer you a sportive riddle this time! Good luck! 🙂 🏆🏆🏆

“In a light & green prison I move without rest. At least those who love my suffering make me believe in it. I’m shaped with their kicks & I should notice them to be strong…”

REPLY to the Riddle posted on August 25, 2021: TRUMPET 

Dear Luisa & Fulvialuna, both of you were very close to it,my congratulations! 🍰🍸

Vive le Roy!✨



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Milorad Pavic: The Horses of Saint Mark

Esteemed Readers, if you wish to know early works by Milorad Pavic, the set of his short stories named “The Horses of Saint Mark/St. Mark’s Horses” (1976) is a wonderful literary opportunity. Young Pavic is yet distant from his writing experiments with the form, but his style is already particular, very unique.

This set of stories is remarkable as it keeps a strong blend of authentic Serbian spirit Yugo& its Byzantine Orthodox past shaped in a very baroque manner, if we might use such a comparison for our genius Milorad. “The Horses of Saint Mark” is a book of versatile stories. They seem wild & weird nevertheless this way they reflect unconsciousness of the Balcanic perception, its deep strong pagan roots absorbed with the Christian faith.

“The Horses of Saint Mark” is a big surprise for readers, while its mysterious content makes it welcomed, especially in our dark days of the world. It seems to me that Milorad managed to face his reader with the inner side of our human nature, to make him fear little what this wild nature keeps hidden in each of us.

Some quotes for your reading inspiration: “There are more bodies than souls on Earth”. “Even the clock that has stopped working sometimes shows the correct time”. “The hierarchy of Death is the only thing that joins together the system of existence at various levels of reality. It becomes an invisible space where Death is repeated unceasingly, as if it is reflected in a black mirror…” “Stare at the Horses. Now they are motionless. When they begin moving an empire dies…”

Maria KethuProfumo

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François Couperin: Pièces de Clavecin 18

Esteemed Readers, today I present you an elegant & a sophisticated set for harpsichord composed by François Couperin. N18 is made in F major, if it means you something.

In my first posts of this year dedicated to the genius of Louis XIV I have expressed you my presumption  that Vinicius de Moraes might be a reincarnation of this great soul. The piece N18 in F major seems to have something in common with Bossa Nova. Might it be or not? Anyway, I’m not a music specialist, it’s just my personal vision. Enjoy the music of the Grand Siècle! 😊😊😊

Vive le Roy! 🎇

PS: Painting by Claude Lorrain

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Vinicius de Moraes & Toquinho: La voglia, la pazzia

Esteemed Readers, if you remember a difficult political situation in Brazil made Toquinho & Vinicius de Moraes spend some time in Italy. They did not waste their time & recorded some nice albums in Italian there. Here is one of their pieces that has lost no beauty of the original even translated. “La voglia, la pazzia” is a translated version of the “Se ela quisesse” composed by Vinicius & Toquinho in 1976. Enjoy it!

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Voyage de Siam par L’Abbé de Choisy 1685-1686 VII

Esteemed Readers, a terrible heat goes on attacking us. So don’t forget the ice & other cooling measures suitable for an ordinary 17th century voyage. Might winds return faster to our ship!

Aboard the Oiseau, 4 April 1685

“…It is always still & too hot. Messieurs de la Maligne have paid us a visit this morning. Their dinghy is so tiny that it is a great adventure for them to stay on its board. They have told us about huge waves they faced near Cape Finisterre when the water flooded the deck & its level was so high that they were forced to destroy their rowboat. The whole crew believed it was their very last day. As for us, we are glad & calm aboard of our “Oiseau”. We watch the furious sea without fear & almost without feeling her. There are no sick among them (their crew). (As for us), we have some & their number grows every day. Thanks Lord for His graces & mercy! None of us has been thrown to the sea (NB: died)…”

Aboard the Oiseau, 6 April 1685

“…It has never been so hot before. The air is clear & the sun shines with all its strong brilliance above our heads. The sea is stiller than a pond. We don’t know what to do with ourselves: our hearts are burning. What to say about our studying! So we catch fishes. There are plenty of Sharks. They are for the crew. We have Bonites which are very good for cooking. Chevalier de Fourbin is always a great help for others & for himself. We have measured the altitude. We sail 50 minutes a line. It is difficult to move one…!

Aboard the Oiseau, 9 April 1685

“…The altitude is not correct. We must adjust 2 degrees. There is about fifteen or sixteen lieuës to the Cape but not directly. We have made about a half. Nevertheless, it is necessary to go towards the Brazilian coasts to catch the Western winds there that will deliver us to the Cape. Whatever happens, we have made a quarter of the way…

Dieu Vous Ait en Sa Sainte Garde,

Vostre l’Abbé de Choisy ”

Voyage, part I:

Voyage, part II:

Voyage, part III:

Voyage,part IV:

Voyage, part V:

Voyage, part VI:

Image: Beauvais, Verdure de Chantilly, tapestry.

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Saints of the Russian Orthodox Church: Simeon of Verkhoturye

Simeon of Verkhot’urye or Simeon of Merk’ushino (1607-1642) is a venerated Russian Saint who began a tradition of simple hermit living & who is also believed to be the guardian of the Ural & the Siberian lands.

There is little information about his life: he was born in a noble family of boyars,-  (NB:     a boyar means a Russian prince), – in the European part of Russia. His parents died during the Sm’uta, a dark period of the country redivision, local rebels & numerous foreign interventions. It might be one of the reasons why Simeon abdicated his noble origin, the family & traveled by feet to the Ural. There he settled in a village named Merk’ushino where he lived as a simple craftsman hiding his true name. His abdication is regarded as an important Christian deed as he made himself close to people & chose a simple life while he had a chance to live as a prince.

There in Verkhot’urye Simeon survived sewing fur-coats in winter for food & shelter, & spent summers as a hermit. People saw him fishing at the banks of the local river. Simeon was very patient, meek & honest. Some people treated him in a disgusting way but he never argued with them. He accepted everything God gave to him & did his best to preach this way of life between other peasants.

When he died, he was buried in a local cemetery & people forgot about him until 1692 when his coffin appeared on earth in a miraculous way & the Saint Simeon’s spirit began his healing. People were surprised, they even couldn’t remember who he was but rather soon the name of Saint Simeon & his numerous miracles made him famous all over the Siberia.

Prayers to Saint Simeon cure the blind & eye diseases, paralysis & any sort of leg injuries as well as he helps in many other matters. His feast day is the 31st December.

Maria KethuProfumo

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La Gazette 1663: Historical News Today

Esteemed Readers, The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) doesn’t mean only battles & death. There is some pretty space for life & slow motion changes as well:

Vienna, 31st August, 1633: “Here everybody speaks about the peace in Germany, nevertheless a great work has been done by the Imperial Deputies who gathered in Goltzen (Silesia) to gain it on the 28th of the given month…”

St. Denis, 5th August, 1633: “On the second of the current month the Cardinal de Rochefoucault attended Bishops de Senlis & d’Auxerre, sieurs Lefeau & de Vertamor, Masters of Appeals, Jacques le Mercier & Claude the Priest of the Order de St. Benoist. After his visit in our town,- the burial site of our Kings, – that took place on the 15th of the previous month, 35 Religious men of the given Order belonging to the Congregation of St. Maur were given into possession some Relics, Treasures & Religious objects from this famous Abbey to keep them in accordance with a new reform of the Papal Briefs & Patent Letters of His Majesty that present this Order (St. Benoist’s) as an example for others to ponder upon when the time for their own reformation comes…”

Amsterdam, 15th August, 1633: “Ships of Spiritual Counsellors sailed to ports Flessingue & Vere: they are seven Dunkerque pataches (a special ship), two others were shot with a canon & sunk. The priests are searching for another Warlord to be sent to the West Indies instead of the Coronel Errenteiter who did not wish to depend on them as much as they desired…”

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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Soviet Movie Café: War Dramas VIII

In 1977 Vas’ilij B’ikov, one of our famous actors, film directors & the war participant, presented a very profound & curious film uniting the war, its memory & next generation. It is called “One-Two, Soldiers were going…/Ati-Bati, shli sold’ati”(1977). The movie is shot as an interlinear narration: it shows 1974 & off-springs of those who fell in battles of the Great war (1941-1945) & events of 1944 as they were.

The plot so far: A small village Podbednya used to be a place of cruel & bloody events of the Second World War. At present (1974) it is a place of pilgrimage of relatives, families & friends of heroes who perished here.  One of their off-springs, Konstant’in Sv’yatkin, receives a post card reminding him that 1974 is the 30th anniversary of his father’s death into battle. It calls him to visit Podbednya to pay tribute to this event. In the train he gets acquainted with Anne Velenst’ovich who turns out to be his step-sister. It was she who wrote him this post-card. Together Konstantin & Anne try to reconstruct the war memory of battles in Podbednya as well as the past of their own family.

The interlinear war plot shows the meeting of their parents at the background of cruel war battles that seem a stubborn resistance to death & violence as well as a glimpse of hope for the better peaceful future.

Good news, Esteemed Readers. There is a pretty version with subtitles (English, German, French) on Youtube: One-two, soldiers were going… Enjoy the movie!

Maria KethuProfumo

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Louis XIV Asks Riddles VIII

Esteemed Readers, a new riddle is at your service. This time it has a military spirit. It contains something that is yet widely used even in our hi-tech days. Good luck!

“I have been created for serving Princes & Kings. I’m esteemed by the bravest people. I’m inanimate until I’m animated. To do that you should just make my voice sound!”

REPLY to the Riddle posted on July 25, 2021: DAY

PS. The previous riddle had a wonderful philosophical description that would be a good moral for us, people of the 21st century. We must re-learn to notice beauty of our days, their real course & change.

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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Milorad Pavic: Writing Box

Esteemed Readers, if you dream to read a novel made as a good puzzle, then just open “Writing Box” (1999) by Milorad Pavic & absorb in reading. The book made as a Chinese box with a set of hidden stories told by objects it keeps will amuze & surprise you with its profoundness & non-liner narration. Oh, Milorad! A true interactive writer he is!

Heroes locked inside meditate upon relation between Time & Space, forgotten names of love, while the author creates an environment of a true travel into the past for his readers. As it is expected, the book has two ends of the story: the first is offered by Milorad himself, while the other should be discovered on-line clicking the link he suggests.

Here some delightful quotes for you to chase after the book😊: “There is no space in the heart. There is no Time in the soul”. “They are the best moments of life that a man forgets easily”. “Dreams don’t become old. They are eternal. They are the only timeless part of humanity”.

Maria KethuProfumo

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