Mercure Galant: Louis XIV Travels to Luxembourg III

Esteemed Readers, we proceed the Royal voyage of His Majesty to Luxembourg. The weather is fine, roads are smooth for that epoch as well as the journey itself is pleasant & leisurely.

“Monsieur Dauphin arrived to Claye before six o’clock in the evening because he knew that the King was to reach that place in about 1 hour. He changed his garments & went ahead of His Majesty. Everybody knows how much this Prince is tireless, galant & that he is deeply attached to the King.

His Majesty arrived to Claye at time I had mentioned you, & was accommodated with comfort in the house of M. Enjorant, the General Advocate of the Great Council, & to a certain extent Seigneur of this Village. He was honoured to salute the King, who welcomed him in a charming manner so natural for this great Monarch. As M. Enjorant’s house had been reserved for the King, Chief Officers of dwelling marked one for him in the Village, when accommodation for the Journey Officers was done with chalk, so that this very day was regarded as the one in the House of His Majesty. The quality “Hoste du Roy/King’s Guest” was the one Officers of dwelling wrote to distinguish any proper house.

Monsieur (Philippe I d’Orléans, Louis XIV’s brother),& Madame Duchess obtained the Apartments near the Château where the King had stayed. Madame Princesse de Conty, & Monsieur Duke of Maine stayed at the farm of Mr. d’Herouville, Maistre d’Hostel of His Majesty. Then Messieurs Princes du Sang/the Royal Princes obtained most comfortable dwelling, while those who desired to have more space went to Meaux…” To be continued.

If you have missed the beginning, please, see these posts:

The Voyage, Part I:

The Voyage, Part II:

PS. Painting by Claude Lorrain

Vive le Roy! 🙂



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16 Responses to Mercure Galant: Louis XIV Travels to Luxembourg III

  1. Thank you for the next installment, Maria.

  2. fulvialuna1 says:

    E proseguiamo il viaggio… 😉

  3. Klausbernd says:

    Dear Maria,
    thanks for providing us with the next part of this story. The story sounds so typically French to us – well, of course, it is French.
    Lorrain’s painting is great! He used to picture scenes of classic mythology in his baroque landscapes. But we can’t get what it is in this picture.
    Wishing our dear friend a great weekend. Keep healthy and happy
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • kethuprofumo says:

      Dear Klaus,
      I will translate the brightest parts of this chronicle for you. It is rather splendid & it is the life history, might it be typically French 🙂 🙂 🙂 The painting by Claude Lorrain is called “Aeneas’ Farewell to Dido in Carthago”. 1675. I suppose that his canvases where landscapes take a huge place, while people are almost invisible, should be more curious to observe in the gallery. Photos don’t transmit his artistic message completely, unfortunately. I use his works to create some air of the epoch.

      Thanks for your mindful comments,
      Have a nice August week. It should be really pleasant in your realm of nature.
      Maria 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Klausbernd says:

        Good morning, dear Maria,
        thank you for you efford of translating.
        That are Aeneas and Dido – quite a dramatic love story. You well succeeded to create a feeling for this epoch with Lorrain’s picture. I like the depth of this painting.
        We have quite comfortable weather. Over night the sea fret (sea mist) was blown into the coastal villages. So it’s much cooler and everything looks like in a fairy tale, very moody. But by noon the sun will have burned the mist away and then it will be hot again. But it’s okay at the sea, bearable as there is always a breeze going but dangereous as you easily can burn your skin. Of course, it’s much easier to bear all the Corona-restrictions here on the coast than it would be in a city. We very much hope that you find your places in nature you can go to feel secure.
        With lots of love
        Keep healthy and happy
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • kethuprofumo says:

        Dear Klaus, always at your service! I’m glad to learn that the lockdown doesn’t interfere into your perfect harmony with nature. May it bring you joy! I share the same opinion regarding Lorrain’s painting. There is something impressive, dazzling into its profoundness. I do my best to adopt to the current situation. Unfortunately, Moscow is not the best place for that. There is a pretty cozy park near my place,,,but they cut grass & kill so many flowers! every week. I cannot behold it without concern. Trees are so ill! Nature is ill here.
        Anyway, send you my warmest friendly greetings for you, Dina & the Fairies!
        Stay well, mindful & safe!
        Maria 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Klausbernd says:

        Dear Maria
        oh dear, I can imagine that living in a big city like Moscow is problematic right now. Can you make trips to the countryside where nature is strong and healthy (I suppose)?
        Here nature is changing because of the hot and dry weather. In our garden Mediterranean herbs do very well, the Olive tree as well as the ficus religiosa. We changed our plants to those plants growing around the Mediterranean sea. All the plants needing lots of water do badly now. We expanded our possibilities to harvest rain water and can store now about 1500 ltr. That’s just enough for our garden.
        The nature is changing, but it is quite healthy here because of all the NGOs doing a perfect job protecting nature, flora and fauna. Dina is very active as a volutary seal and tern warden. I am as well but not as active as I should be. I rather keeping our garden beautiful which is a fulltime job this time of the year.
        We wish our dear friend all the VERY very best, take care, keep well and happy
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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