a new institution: what’s the problem?

In 1663 the Sun King is present at the church for the mass with his wife, Marie-Therese, to the right of him and with his mistress, Louise, to the left. What’s the problem there? You have your place, she has hers. Actually, there was never any problem coming from that direction. Well, perhaps that time when the queen has ordered to plant a cypress between the statues of Diana and Eloquence; then there was.., and they also say.., other than that no; so…, nothing. The king had four kids with one and five with the other.

Simple really, when Marie-Therese was pregnant, the king was busy with Louise; when Louise was pregnant, he was busy with Athenais… Ah! Allow me to introduce the best friend of Louise! There was, however, a problem there, a trifle, but still, yea…, Athenais happened to be married. The husband was a little upset, used to attach elk antlers to his carriage, called himself the first national cockold, then, failing to receive a divorce, gave his living wife a funeral and declared himself a widower.

Athenais de Montespan, according to her spouse, gave the king nine or ten children, he wasn’t sure about the exact number…. and she also had a friend,  yes! a widow who was taking care of all the royal bastards…, and so it went, the friends of my friends are my friends and friends don’t let friends sleep alone. Louise couldn’t take this and went away to live at a convent; Montespan and the widow quarrelled so much that the Minister of Defence had to be involved. Finally Athenais got involved into love potion scandal and Louis, who must have been having a stomach ache or two, had to put the end to all of this. With Athenais banished, Marie-Therese dead, and no other royal caliber candidate knocking on his gate, the Sun King married the one who got along with his kids.

About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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