Monthly Archives: June 2018

Louis XIV Asks Riddles IV

Esteemed Readers, midsummer time calls for some intellectual entertainment. So, His Majesty offers you another 17th century riddle…rather romantic and so much allegoric! Good luck! Without consuming hearts we make them burn. We are torches and mirrors of the soul, … Continue reading

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Midsummer Night under a veil of Grand Divertissement Royal (1668)

Another magnificent festivity written in history was the Grand Divertissement Royal (1668). It was dedicated to success in the War of Devolution (1667-1668) and to the first capture of Franche-Compté, an important strategic goal in all the French wars of … Continue reading

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Les Plaisirs de L’Ile Enchantée – Time of Miracles

Louis XIV arranged plenty of great feasts. In fact, each one was a true gem, blending entertainment, art, music with some drops of magic. But celebrations of 1664 named ‘Les Plaisirs de L’Ile Enchantée’ entered the history. Maybe because they … Continue reading

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Ballet de la Nuit in words

Besides rare gems of choreography & music, ballets of Louis XIV’s time were distinguished with sophisticated texts, costumes & special effects, including movable mechanisms, fire-works and amazing stage scenery. I have translated some pieces of a monologue recited by His … Continue reading

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Baroque Dance-L’Entrée d’Apollon

Esteemed Readers, I offer to your dearest attention a graceful reconstruction of the 17th century dancing. Costumes & music pass the perfect air of this sophisticated art & that wonderful time. Enjoy watching! Vive le Roy! Maria KethuProfumo

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