The King of Thieves

In his youth Philippe of Orleans, the Regent, was very interested in alchemy; on one occasion, reports to us Saint-Simon, he even tried to summon the Devil, but the Devil would not come: Too many people in the early XVIII century were ready to give up that worthless thing called soul in exchange for the settlement of their card debts. Later in his life Philippe had switched from alchemy to economics and with far greater success. Cartooche, the King of Thieves, who, probably by mistake, stole the Regent’s sword, returned it with the note, “From Cartooche to the first thief of the kingdom!”

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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