Mesdames Tantes were the formidable daughters of Louis XV. They were not his only daughters - Louis had eight! One got married and moved away, one became a nun and three died of smallpox. The three sisters who remained at the Royal Court of Versailles were Madame Adelaide, Madame Victoire and Madame Sophie; known collectively … Continue reading Mesdames Tantes
Louis XV was king of France from 1715 to 1774. He was nicknamed 'the Well-Beloved'. Louis was born at Versailles on 15 February 1710. Because he had two older brothers (though only one survived to adulthood) and both his father and grandfather were still alive, nobody ever thought Louis would become king. A scourge of … Continue reading Louis XV
Louis XVI was born Aug. 23, 1754 in Versailles, France. He was the second eldest surviving son of his parents, Louis, Dauphin of France and Marie-Josèphe of Saxony. He was the last king of France before the French Revolution of 1789. He was well loved by his people at first, but was not built to be a great leader. He was known … Continue reading Louis XVI
Madame du Barry had quite an amazing life. She is best known as the mistress to King Louis XV of France and as the enemy of Marie Antoinette. Because of her very humble beginnings, she had a hard time fitting in with the noblemen and women of the court. But whatever you might think of … Continue reading Madame du Barry vs Marie Antoinette
We’ve all heard the stories of children who have gone away. Gone to Oz, gone to Narnia, gone to Neverland. This is the story of the children who came back.
Probably not. Of all the strange rules and etiquette one had to follow at the Palace of Versailles, the rules about who got to sit where (and when) are perhaps the most bizarre. It was a well known rule that you were not allowed to sit in the presence of the king and queen unless … Continue reading May I Sit Here?
The fashion for courtiers in France during the years leading up to the Revolution was excess - the more the better. Higher hair, redder lips and whiter skin could all be achieved through hair and makeup artistry. Let's have a closer look at how beauty was defined in the 18th century. Makeup Every courtier wore … Continue reading French Court Hair and Makeup
When her husband, Louis XVI, became king in 1774, he gave her a gift - the Petit Trianon. This beautiful mini palace on the grounds of Versailles would be her escape from court life - though escaping to it brought troubles of it's own.
Back when the Palace of Versailles was a functioning home to the royal French family the palace was a hive of activity. Hundreds of maids, valets and other servants lived in-house to serve the dozens of courtiers who called the palace home. Moreover, the palace was an open house, meaning thousands of visitors were welcomed … Continue reading Public Toilets in the Palace of Versailles
You might think it's very strange to wear tight corsets and large hooped skirts every day. How could a woman get anything done if she couldn't bend at the waist or fit through a doorway? Well, in truth, may women did not.