Category Archives: Life

Mercure Galant – Messenger of the Past: Mascarade in Marly 1700

It is impossible to speak about Louis XIV’s feast without mentioning great & mysterious Divertissements held in Marly. The French Revolution destroyed this little gem built near Versailles, but the spirit & grandeur of events taken place there would remain … Continue reading

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Mercure Galant-Messenger of the Past-Carnival 1683

Mercure Galant published plenty of information about Venice’s Carnivals every year. However those arranged at the Court were no less solemn, magnificent & entertaining. Here is an abstract about Carnival 1683 took place at Versailles: “…I pass to Divertissements that … Continue reading

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Ballet de la Nuit in words

Besides rare gems of choreography & music, ballets of Louis XIV’s time were distinguished with sophisticated texts, costumes & special effects, including movable mechanisms, fire-works and amazing stage scenery. I have translated some pieces of a monologue recited by His … Continue reading

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Baroque Dance-L’Entrée d’Apollon

Esteemed Readers, I offer to your dearest attention a graceful reconstruction of the 17th century dancing. Costumes & music pass the perfect air of this sophisticated art & that wonderful time. Enjoy watching! Vive le Roy! Maria KethuProfumo

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Royal Meal IX: Fruits & Cream

Esteemed Readers, today I’m posting the last set of Royal recipes. May is in full swing. Ballets & other entertainments are calling! So, let’s enjoy something light & sweet to farewell the 17th century cuisine. 🙂 Sweet Cream Take three … Continue reading

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Royal Meal VII: Desserts

Finally, Esteemed Readers, we come to the most delicious part of our menu: desserts. Today I offer you some cream, milk & cookies. I hope you will enjoy them! 🙂 Almond Milk Take some almonds, scald them, peel & crush … Continue reading

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Royal Meal V: Vegetables & Lamb

Esteemed Readers, we go on our collection of 17th century recipes. So today in our menu there are: Artichokes in White Sauce Boil some small artichokes in slightly salted water. When they are ready, add some parsley, season with salt … Continue reading

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