Category Archives: Courtiers

Was the Sun King Afraid of Water?

“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 … Continue reading

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In the Bedroom of a Princess

The princesses’ apartments are finally ready! Millions were waiting! Tourists from all over the world are crowding in. There is the Polish bed in the Transitional Style of 1770’s. See how it goes with its side against the wall. The … Continue reading

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Your Hat!

Unlike today, in the past anyone could come to Versailles, no admission fee required. Everyone…, close to everyone…, everyone, except for the monks and the beggars; yes, even the pickpockets and prostitutes were welcome, provided they were discrete. For a … Continue reading

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Life of a Princess

It is a little awkward, but I am yet to meet a boy who would like to be a prince — a fireman, a policeman, maybe even a gynecologist, anything but a prince; consequently, it is to the aspiring little princesses that … Continue reading

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Princes

Space is something essential to social ranking at Versailles. This spot, familiar to all those who visited the Chateau, is called Princes. It is called so because only princes of blood could bring their carriages up to here — this … Continue reading

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Cardinal Bernis on Madame de Pompadour

“The Marquise knew none of the vices of ambition, but she suffered from all the petty afflictions typical for a woman intoxicated with her own appearance; and so, she hurt unintentionally, and she did good exactly the same way; her … Continue reading

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The Portrait of Debauchery

Jokes like that are illegal, but someone brought here a ladder and risked a hefty fine to tell me to turn left; so, I did and then continued to the end of the street where I saw an antique store … Continue reading

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