Esteemed Readers, no restrictions threaten our historical journey. So, we are still accompanying His Majesty to the blessed city of Luxembourg. I would like to inform you that we have already passed more than 60% of the way, and have reached Châlons-sur-Marne, a wonderful picturesque city in Champagne.
“The King entered Châlons riding & was welcomed by the Major & the Magistrates. There was no oration as he had to give orders for all other places (he was going to move farther), where he would pass by…but he was pleased to recieve Gifts of the City. The Chapter of the Cathedral together with Mr. the Bishop of Châlons had an honour to salute him. The Canons praised the Monarch’s gentleness & affability & they spoke of it without ceasing…
Mr. Duke of Noailles & the Bishop of Châlons his Brother ordered to lay plenty of magnificent Tables for any person of the Court who wished to meal there. Le Jare (town) offered them a great stroll lasted for several hours…At Le Jare an incredible amount of people, who came from any place of Champagne, gathered to welcome the King warm-heartedly. The chief Officers of Troyes City arrived to Châlons. It took them 20 lieues to obtain honour to greet the Monarch. The Ladies of the Province were rather sad due to the order that allowed only few of them who were enlisted to supper with His Majesty…(On his behalf) the King had the kindness to promise them to permit their free presence the next day in the Church Choir where they would have (enough) time to behold His Majesty & the Whole Court during the Mass. (Comment: in Louis XIV’s time to behold the king was a great wish for any Subject of his. It explains why the Almanach highlights it so much). The music of the Cathedral performed a Motet which seemed to make the King contented. Mr. the Bishop Count of Châlons & Mr. Duke of Noailles always accompanied the King while his staying in the city…”To be continued.
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PS. Painting by Claude Lorrain
Vive le Roy! 🙂