Louis XIV: Day In The Life

Louis XIV: Day In The Life
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By: Aditi R

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  • At 8:00 AM,the king would be woken up by his First Valet-de-Chambre, and his wet-nurse would wipe him down.
  • Good morning, my lord.
  • Time to wake up, my king.
  • Yes, my  lord.
  • After the Great Chamberlain and the grandes entrees (people with rights to speak to the king first in the morning) had spoken and left, Louis XIV would dress and shave with the Office watching.
  • Hold the mirror a little higher, won't you?
  • All glory and honor are yours, almighty Father; forever and ever. Amen."
  • The king would say his prayers at the side of his bed, then go into his study, followed by his privilege. He would then announce his appointments for the day, and the room was cleared.
  • Courtiers would wait in the Gallery until the king was ready to go  to Mass, where the choir would sing a slow song for him. After, the council would meet and this wouls be the last engagement of the day.
  • What a soulful motet—for me!
  • I think I'm going to throw-up—I'm singing in front of KING LOUIS!
  • Louis XIV would sometimes eat alone in his bedroom, served either a petit couvert or a tres-petit couvert by Monsieur [his brother].
  • Do you wished to be seated?
  • Thank you, my lord.
  • After dinner, the King would go into his study to feed and play with his pointers. Next, he would change and go down to the Marble Court with his own private staircase.
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