Category Archives: Royal Zoo at Versailles

More Ape Than Any Ape

  Count of Toulouse, an illegitimate, but the most agreeable of the king’s sons, kept an ape in his house. One winter afternoon, the ape, perhaps feeling a little cold, went over to the fire-place and stirred the coals with … 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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