Christmas Tree and Royal Castrates


Christmas tree comes to Versailles with Marie Leszczynska. The twenty-two-year-old wife of fifteen-year-old Louis XV has no money, so she brings new ideas: Mozart to play at the royal dinner, so good for digestion, the castrate Farinelli for singing lessons…. This is not the first castrate at the Court, Louis XIV had a similar weakness (above and below is the House of Castrates of Louis XIV). 

Castrates are very popular in the days of baroque music. Millions of Italian boys are castrated to supply European operas and chapels. The Catholic Church frowns at the practice but employs their services. At the Sistine Chapel everyone has an alibi. Farinelli had a horse accident, a boy to the left had been bitten by a swan; there is a better one — a boar, a wild boar, that’s the boy to the right…. no testicles, no Adam’s apple…, the larynx box does not develop. They all still have erections, very popular, tremendous like some kind of a tree….

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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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