Was the Sun King Afraid of Water?


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“Essa puta me va a matar!” Marie-Thérèse of Austria, being a quintessential Latino woman, treated the issue with an unusual for Versailles directness. Madame de Montespan commanded a whole wing of the palace — the space shared by all the five daughters of Louis XV in the next century; and it was a remodeling project taking place fifty years later that uncovered this marble octagon, which Marquise de Montespan kept right under the wooden pedestal of her bed. The size of the damned thing! All carved out of one solid piece, no expense spared, and hidden?! Covered, to be exact, and it had never been mentioned in the palace records, or ever by anyone. The only thing that did pop up were those aphrodisiac potions and the seven kids with Louis the Great — her husband says eight, but who is counting…, that’s what we call the bio-power! If you feel like worshiping this XVII century artifact, swing by the Orangery, it’s open till late September being the site of Ahae’s photo exhibition devoted to mother nature.

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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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4 Responses to Was the Sun King Afraid of Water?

  1. Regina says:

    One wonders the MAGICAL incantations spoken within the 8 sided pool of Untold Powers…Eternal Youth? Imperial Rule? World Domination…or as Maria Therese said, THAT WHORE IS GOING TO KILL ME…in other words a Wicked Witch! Your EYE takes US into every crevice long unseen by the unknowing public! LOVE!!!

  2. Regina says:

    Hmmmm…wonder if Armand Rateau borrowed the idea for The Duchess de Alba’s bathtub ensemble in Madrid at Palacio Liria, but then it would be all too much for ANOTHER Royal Spanish connection! Love your history lessons!

  3. Versailles is my favorite place to visit!

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