Category Archives: Nicolas Fouquet

Difficult Beauty

“It is true,” wrote Madame Sevigné, “that men have certain privileges with regard to ugliness, but it is also true that Monsieur Pellisson abused those.” There is, however, a beautiful story often told about Paul Pellisson. Beginning 1661 this unfortunate … Continue reading

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The Scars I Had Received In My Childhood Grew Up With Me: the Royal Children

“It seems to me that some changes are due in our park,” writes Louis XIV to his architect, Mansart, “the subject matter is too serious, we have to rejuvenate it… add something of  childhood here.” Versailles was never a placed for … Continue reading

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grandson of Henry IV, etc

This monument to Henry IV was built about two hundred years after his death. The restored post-Napoleon monarchy needed its own heroes: inside the bronze statue were placed medals listing many accomplishments of the King of France and Navarra; but, rumor has it … Continue reading

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