Category Archives: Louise de La Valliere

The Enchanted Isle

Every now and then our glorious administrators are accused of Disneylandisation of Chateau Versailles. There I have to concur, but the accusers often forget that Versailles began as an amusement park. That is before there was a chateau there was … Continue reading

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Versailles — Marrakesh

This is a story of a prince who fell in love with a princess before he had a chance to meet her. How could it be? Well, it had happened too long ago, and back then things of this nature … Continue reading

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a new institution: what’s the problem?

In 1663 the Sun King is present at the church for the mass with his wife, Marie-Therese, to the right of him and with his mistress, Louise, to the left. What’s the problem there? You have your place, she has hers. Actually, … Continue reading

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His Eloquence, the statue

They say in the park we still have a couple of trees left that date back to the days of Louis XIV; all the rest are copies. As for the statues, the most interesting is that of Diana; but if Diana … Continue reading

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