Off the King’s Desk

There is some very famous furniture at Chateau de Versailles; for example, the desk of Louis XV. With a single turn of the key it would lock all of its drawers. A hidden button revealed a number of secret compartments. Louis XV had a double foreign policy, the official one handled by Duke of Choiseul, and the unofficial one handled by the hand-picked individuals, such as Count Saint-Germain. Besides the double life and the double foreign policy, Louis XV was known for his double standards. A good example there would be the Encyclopedia of Diderot forbidden everywhere in France except for the desk of His Majesty.


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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