A King’s Portrait To Scare Your Children


What a wax portrait of the aging Louis XIV has made Antoine Benoist! The year is 1709, the year of that frightening winter when horses died of cold in the stables and birds froze in their flight…. Trees…, trees fell with great noise and the most powerful of liquors cracked their bottles in the cabinets at the Chateau Versailles. Courtiers no longer cared to step out into the Mirror Gallery to gossip; for it had no heating and has turned into the gallery of ice…. Oh, this is the first year of that disaster, the War of Spanish Succession; its early battles, like Malplaquet, with thirty thousand dead and fourteen thousand of the French taking prisoners, left all the ministers dumb-struck, and none of them wanted to bring the terrible news to the king… and they left it to Madame Maintenon to let him know that he was no longer invincible….

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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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