Category Archives: Esterhazy

XVIII Century Dirty Joke

After the wedding night of Louis Augustus (the future Louis XVI) and Marie-Antoinette, Louis XV interviews his grandson, but the young man is shy and says this is too intimate a matter to tell anyone. “C’mon now!” says the old … Continue reading

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When There Is No Fish, a Crayfish Is Also a Fish: Early Science at Versailles

Science at Versailles is the name of the current exhibition at the palace of Louis XIV. The first exhibit, at the bottom of the staircase, is a stuffed rhinoceros. This is heavy. I go up the stairs. Upstairs we face the two hot-air … Continue reading

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