Category Archives: Regency

What We Owe to the Libertines

Duke of Orleans, the Regent, was a hard-working man, but he partied just as hard and needed as much time there to show the seriousness of effort. This is why every afternoon, exactly at five o’clock, he would take his … 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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The King of Thieves

In his youth Philippe of Orleans, the Regent, was very interested in alchemy; on one occasion, reports to us Saint-Simon, he even tried to summon the Devil, but the Devil would not come: Too many people in the early XVIII … Continue reading

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Madam Lucifer

“Now that we are related,” said Madame Palatine on the subject of the royal bastards, “I would rather you bring them up than down.” Saint-Simon of course proved to obdurate.  He was living in the past. Oh how well he … Continue reading

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Libertines and the Louisiana Bubble

In 1715 he is accepted as an economic adviser to Duke of Orleans. The country is living through the toughest stagnation due to the lack of gold bullion. He suggests a creation of the French National Bank, the issuing of the … Continue reading

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Orleanism

This is a term invented by the historians to designate the inter-dynastic opposition. The descendants of the younger brother of Louis XIV were not the only princes of opposition, but their opposition happened to be spectacular, complete with the vote cast by Phillip … Continue reading

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Duke d’Orleans, A Shy One At the Orgy – I

None of his women left their name in history. He preferred it this way — a quick conversation, then a date, then another quick conversation. Madame Parabere was an exception. They called her the Orgy Queen. She could and usually … 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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“In Spain, the Monks. In France, the Princes. In Italy, Everybody!”

When Marquis d’Effiat was proposed as an instructor for the son of Duke of Orleans(1), Princess Palatine(2) threw a fit! To this her husband remarked that it’s true that the marquis used to like boys,  but that he had been remorseful and had not done … Continue reading

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Women of Easy Virtue at Versailles

This ugly little structure is an entrance into Versailles Women’s Prison. It is located in a nice part of town, right across the street from Hotel of Madame du Barry. The building behind has a lot more class, its construction began in … Continue reading

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