Category Archives: Chateau Versailles In Literature

Women, After They Have Been Dumped, Look Better Than When They Are In Love.

The solitude makes everyone look better. Versailles of Maurice Barres is its park, the cathedral of dead leaves whose long organ pipes sway and moan with the wind. The whisper of its chorus — leaves entangled like the forty thousand wet female bodies marching onto Versailles in … Continue reading

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Jean Cocteau and Versailles

There is so much great poetry written about Chateau Versailles, but to make me translate it, I have to have no choice…, here is Jean Cocteau…. The moon is the sun of the statues, did you know that the statues are nocturnal? They don’t sleep, they listen … Continue reading

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The Seven-League Boots

Charles Perrault had not invented the famed boots, which really did exist in his days and were a part of the uniform of a postman. The name itself comes from the distance of seven leagues, about three miles, which was … Continue reading

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Saint-Simon And His Creatures

We owe him a lot. Saint-Simon is a creator of a long gallery of literary characters: Princess d’Harcourt, an obsessive gambler, often incontinent at cards and a victim of numerous pranks, occasionally she had been abandoned by her domestics, and was found in the middle … Continue reading

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Son Of the Green Ape

The count of Carolais, Charles de Bourbon was the prince whom Louis XIV clearly detested. And yet this fact would not affect the prince’s popularity at the Court of Versailles. The great displeasure of the Sun King was due to the … Continue reading

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Baron Besenval, the Gossip

Louis XVI didn’t like gossip, especially the kind of gossip Baron Besenval was ready to relate to Marie-Antoinette. Baron was already in his fifties, that is twice the age of everyone else at Little Trianon, but he was a fantastic … Continue reading

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3+1 Musketeer

D’Artagnan, the fourth Musketeer who gives to the title of Dumas’ novel a mystical, even metaphysical dimension, is indeed the captain of the elite guard here at the Court of Louis XIV. The sequel to The Three Musketeers, The Twenty and … Continue reading

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