Versailles Aphrodisiacs

Madame Maintenon thought that Mademoiselle de Blois was spoiled rotten: the girl smoke and swore and set off fire-crackers under the windows of her father-in-law. She was a child of the double adultery which I have already discussed: the king and Madame Montespan were both married; they also thought Mademoiselle de Blois to be a by-product of a certain love potion. Last night I happened to stumble upon the list of ingredients for the powerful aphrodisiac they say Louis XIV had consumed; so, today I share this information with you, my readers. The first thing we need is the wild boar testicles. They are to be cooked together with an artichoke. We spice them up with cat piss and some fox excrement, and then a dash of that toad powder — I assume this is just a body of a toad reduced to powder. The whole thing is usually served with a viper’s eye on top.


To learn about future developments in the life of Mademoiselle de Blois see also Madame Lucifer.


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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