A Pissed-off King (Scaramouche and Harlequin)


La Comedie Italienne enjoyed a very special relationship with Louis XIV. Fiorilli, the creator of Scaramouche, entertained the Dauphin from the age of two, often holding him on his lap. They say that one time the little Louis was laughing so hard that he peed all over the famous actor. But in 1697 the Italians were chased out-of-town for attacking Madame Maintenon in La Fausse Prude. Fiorilli had been already dead and could not help them. Biancolelli, the creator of Harlequin, had been in the same situation. Pity, he too knew how to handle his royal patron. This is an example of Biancolelli defusing the royal anger after the play the Sun King was attending incognito. “I agree with your opinion,” he said to Louis, “but I beg you not to tell His Majesty about this awful performance….”

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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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