Indeed, Esteemed Readers! It might seem strange to many post-Revolution historians, but even Louis XIV had children…and was the best father in the world for all of them. A strange thing is that there are few evidences about that. People are more curious to write about his love affairs, – not as numerous as they are usually discussed, – than to analyse his off-springs. On one hand, it is good because it saved Louis XIV’s children from calamities and lies. On the other, many of them played important roles in history and should not have been ignored.
So, His Majesty had plenty of children from his beloved women. Main, as we know, were Louise de La Vallière and Athenais, Madame de Montespan. Louis enjoyed having several families and was a just, affectional and responsible father to all of his children, no matter the rank of their mothers. Such an advanced approach 🙂 incited a lot of gossips and created to Louis great problems with the Holy See. The Great King accepted malicious attacks with his Royal calmness and dignity. To put the end to them he legitimated all his natural children and gave them high ranks. In the beginning it surprised the Court. Some too noble courtiers were even resent with this decision. But with time things got back to normal, while after Louis XIV’s death, this act was highly appreciated by a new generation as they were Louis XIV’s natural children who actually saved the French Crown and did not allow a new Fronde or a Civil war to happen.
All off-springs of the Great King obtained a good education, were respected all over Europe and regarded at the same level with best princes and princesses of that time. They were little beams, who extended shining of the French Sun.
Vive le Roy! 🙂