Why on Earth, the Sun King?


Nobody ever asked me, but last Tuesday a ten-year-old did, “Why was he called the Sun King?” Oh, how they are proud of themselves! “Why do you want to know?” I was trying to buy time, to come up with a good one, for I don’t believe that at ten anyone really cares about Campanella and his book, The City of Sun; so, why should I tell this boy that Campanella, the first communist ever, was living in Paris when the little Louis was born; and would this American kid really be happy to learn that Louis’ mom, Ann of Austria, asked this Italian monk, Campanella, to make her Louis’ horoscope; and that when Campanella made the horoscope, he added to it a poem hailing the Sun King who has come to establish prosperity and an ever-lasting peace on earth? I don’t think so. So I made sure that the ten-year-old’s mom was not within an ear-shot, pointed to the closest symbol of sun and said, “When Louis was little they started calling him the Sun King, because he was a little butt-hole….”

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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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