Category Archives: the Hundred Stooges

Versailles, the Street of American Independence

This is not a very long street.  Its former name is la rue de la Surintedance. Under Louis XIV, la rue de la Surintendance was composed of just a few buildings adjacent to the Chateau, all of them crammed on the right. … Continue reading

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The Job of a Princess

60 000 letters, this is how many Charlotte Elizabeth of Bavaria, a.k.a. Princess Palatine wrote in those forty-eight years she’s been married to Louis XIV’s brother, Duke of Orleans. She had a style of writing distinctly her own…. Versailles, 3 … Continue reading

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The Favorites of Marie-Antoinette

For sure Marie-Antoinette had some weakness for men in uniform; she also gave preferential treatment to foreigners; and we can imagine that foreign men-in-uniform would make a pretty bad public relations campaign for any queen; but fortunately Versailles Court was cosmopolitan enough … Continue reading

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After the Ball

I did not cover this year’s masked ball at the Orangery. Could it be I no longer enjoy life? Ah…, maybe I never did; and this dream of mine is a tiny soap bubble to keep in the shoe box … Continue reading

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Security at the Chateau of Versailles

In 1757 a gold watch was stolen from Louis XV at the Chateau of Versailles!  Hm… this makes us wonder about the effectiveness of the palace security. The Hundred Swiss, whom Saint-Simon calls the hundred stooges of Binet, are mostly responsible for the … Continue reading

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