The Unusual Tastes In Women or the Master of Chateau Meudon


We already know that the son and the potential successor of Louis XIV, Monseigneur Louis de France (1661-1711) a.k.a. Dauphin, had a very particular taste in women (see Cinderella at Versailles). How should I put it, he was not much of a skirt chaser. Saint-Simon tells us that on one occasion he took interest in a pretty girl who later on came to see him in a company of a homely chaperon.  On seeing that, Dauphin went for the chaperon, with whom, after a moment of brief resistance, he had his way. Afterwards, bowing very politely to the damsel of his first choice, he coyly remarked, “Maybe next time…”

The ladies of the court, Princess Palatine among them, strenuously denied all the rumors about his secret marriage with Mademoiselle de Choin. Mademoiselle de Choin was not only exceptionally ugly but also quite modest coming from small nobility. But on one occasion, perhaps following the instructions of her husband to assert herself, she flopped herself into a chair and remained seated no matter which princess entered into the room. This pretty much had put the end to all conversations.

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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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