Esteemed Readers, we continue our Royal voyage. Today we have already arrived to Verdun, a charming town in in the Lorraine Region, very close to Luxembourg. Hurray!
“Early we arrived to Verdun where everything had been arranged so well that we passed the Pentecost Feast there. Verdun is a town built at the bank of the Meuse & one of the best places in Lorraine. The diocese Suffragant belongs to the Archdiocese of Reims. This Church used to have outstanding prelates: Counts de Verdun & Princes de Saint Empire. The River Meuse makes this town fascinating by means of isles it forms. The King Henri II had conquered Verdun in 1522. The chapitre of the local Nostre-Dame Cathedral is considerable. The Bishop received the King in his Episcopal palace. It is very beautiful…and solemn. This Palace had been built in a rock to protect the down Town. Meadows watered with the Meuse & valleys are very fertile & (provide) with all things necessary for life, even most incredible ones… There are numerous kinds of the anice that we call “de Verdun”, or dragées in other words, in this Town. They give it (everywhere): when they make gifts to Sovereigns, in places where the wine is offered. And one hundred boxes were given to the King…
On the Pentecost Day almost the whole Court did its devotion alike the King. That was an extraordinary thing (happened) during the procession, however not new at all for the reign of Louis XIV who supervises everything concerning the Religion & piousness…(After the Second Mass) at the entrance to the Church His Majesty touched the sick, while Mr. Duc de Noailles made bring another group from Chalons. They were placed under the trees of the first court of the Diocese…(Then) the King returned to the Great Mass…After it he desired to touch another seventy ill persons…& he spent the afternoon in the Cathedral listening to the Vespers…”To be continued.
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PS. Painting by Nicolas Poussin