Versailles — Peking

“I need everyone’s hair in France to dress His Majesty’s head,” used to say Binet, Louis XIV’s hairdresser. A little exaggerated, but a big hairdo made an impression all the way to China. This is why Emperor Yongzheng put on a justaucorps, cravat and a wig! There was however an important nuance, unlike the French Absolute Monarch, the Son of Heaven had to keep his right ear out to listen to his ministers’ advice.

See also Versailles — Isfahan, Versailles — Marrakesh and Versailles — Warsaw


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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