Monthly Archives: December 2018

New Year Mood: Gaelic Song

Esteemed Readers, it would be sad to bid farewell to 2018 without a pleasant music impromptu. This is a brilliant Scottish composition performed by Fiona Mackenzie in Gaelic… I guess it would add some spirit to our Louis XIV’s celebrations … Continue reading

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Mercure Galant: Messenger of the Past – Praying For Louis XIV

Studying the archives I have discovered that 17th century prayers, odes, madrigals etc. contain a great deal of interesting information. Besides they reflect the true mood of people of that time, so I would like to share it with you, … Continue reading

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Mercure Galant: Messenger of the Past – January Divertissements 1680

Esteemed Readers, here is another note from the Mercure Galant telling about January feast, taken on occasion of an ordinary Carnival before the Lenten period. The Opera is as always the most preferable pleasure: “…It’s time to tell you about … Continue reading

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Mercure Galant: Messenger of the Past – New Year 1678

It might seem odd, Esteemed Readers, however the 17th century French did not celebrate Christmas & New Year. Fabulous celebrations with Christmas trees, presents & Santa Claus appeared only in the 19th century, on the eve of the Progress Age. … Continue reading

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Louis XIV Rex Christianissimus vs Jansenism

Besides Protestantism as a radical form of Christianity, Louis XIV had to face and to fight with various sorts of sects. The current known as Jansenism was one of the most serious of them. I suppose that appearing of this … Continue reading

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Louis XIV & The Holy See

His Majesty surprised his contemporaries with his long reign (54 years in total since 1661 when he became the true sovereign). However not in all parts of Europe rulers lived so much. The Holy See of that epoch presented a … Continue reading

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Louis XIV Asks Riddles VIII

Esteemed Readers, here is a new allegoric enigma for your pleasure. This time it is dedicated to something really precious for everybody: We have no life of our own and if we are born, we become an ornament of masterpieces … Continue reading

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