The Italian Sin

As Abbot Choisy, the famous XVII century transvestite, tells us, his mother would often dress him as a girl: ears pierced, face powdered and spiffed up with a fashionable freckle, for whenever Phillip of Orleans came over to play, Phillip would be dressed the same way. The purpose of  this Children’s Theater was to raise Phillip in such a way that he wouldn’t compete for the throne with his elder brother. And Phillip never did. Only once, in 1677, was he trusted with command of an army. Guillaume of Orange, thinking the effeminate sibling of Louis XIV to be an easy prey, hurried with an army of thirty-two thousand to meet the French. But Phillip had proven to be a better general, and after a loss of twelve thousand soldiers Guillaume retreated. Phillip sent his doctors to the wounded enemy. He didn’t like violence, he even forbade all hunting in his forests: the idea of killing an animal was absolutely abhorrent to him.

In the picture we see the Sun King and his brother Phillip.


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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