Tag Archives: the Sun King

Louis XIV Asks Riddles I

Esteemed Readers, here is a new pretty riddle for your pleasure & entertainment. I hope you will enjoy it: I’m, as many say, a wonder of the world. You can see thousand beauties & hundreds precious treasures on my vast … Continue reading

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At the Court: Une Journée de Louis XIV

Esteemed Readers, to comprehend better the Court life, I offer you a schedule of Louis XIV’s ordinary day. And here I should notice that His Majesty had an extraordinary patience to follow it during all his 54 years of reigning. … Continue reading

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At the Court

The great king must have the great Court…And Louis had the one. Even more! He has made the one! Unlike other European monarchies, France did not have this institution before Louis XIV. This is a great paradox of the French history. … 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 – 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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