The Day of a King

MorningLouis XIV painted by Rigaud
Here we have recorded the burst of activity of the servants who attend to the King when he awakens. Lewis uses a touch of sarcasm at times in describing the morning routine. He thanks history for recording the grace in which the King puts his Royal pants on.

Hunting was a favorite sport of Louis and all the aristocrats who were one of the privileged to be living at the court. One sometimes wonders if the King’s insistence in organizing the hunt for such large parties was something to keep everyone busy.

GamblingLouis XV painted by Rigaud
There were three passions that all nobility of 17th century France aspired to: Eating, Gambling, and Sex. (Well, actually sex did lose it’s charm once the prohibition on adultery was removed. This only furthered the passion for cards) To do these things at Versailles was considered the apex of one’s life. With all the decorous rules governing standing before people of higher rank (and considering the mystic maze of aristocratic France no simple order!) we begin to see that gambling was one of the few times one was allowed to stay seated before someone of higher rank. Or, as I like to put it – losing money has it’s privileges.

By the time Lewis is finished the one thing I had driven home to me was that this man loved to eat…and eat a lot at that. Being reminded of the fact that he "never ate between meals" after describing a meal suitable for a half dozen people Louis XVI painted by Calletstrikes me as the height of irony. Oh, and that's NOT counting the bedtime snack…

Yes, ritual formality following the King right into the bedchamber as he retires for the evening. Laying the King to bed (coucher) was a revered privilege, mostly used to ask the King for money. I couldn’t help but wonder if it wasn’t like asking dad for money at the moment he was too tired to say anything but "yes."