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David Downie’s Paris Timeline sampler #2, the reign of Louis XIV, in a nutshell

Horsing around, in regal fashion


Why was the reign of Louis XIV considered France’s “Golden Age?” Keep reading and might find out. Louis’ period comprises dozens of key dates in the history of Paris (hint: the birth of modern France, the notion of divine right monarchy)…


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Paris Timeline Sampler #2 Louis XIV and his reign, 1643-1661


Louis XIV’s reign (1643-1715) corresponds to France’s “Golden Age” (le Grand Siècle). Louis is 5 years old when his father Louis XIII dies; his mother Anne of Austria becomes Regent (1643-1651) aided by her favorite (and possibly more), Cardinal Mazarin (governs 1643-1661).

Did you say Mazzarino?


Mazarin’s real name is Mazzarino: from the Papal States in Italy, he may well be Louis XIV’s father. The prospect, still controversial, makes nationalistic French squirm.


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A putatively peace-loving, pious, celibate cardinal Mazarin instigates multiple wars, persecutes other Christians, and enjoys female company. His authoritarian style leads to the Fronde Revolt (1648-1653): Paris’s Parliamentarians attempt to wrest power from him. Civil war erupts. The royal family flees. This trauma marks Louis XIV: he dislikes Paris, distrusts Parisians and resolves to move the royal seat to Versailles.


La Fronde! En garde, Louis!


In 1654 when Louis turns 16 he is ushered into the mysteries of sex by a Parisian lady, Madame de Beauvais, his mother’s all-knowing chamber maid. Her real name: Catherine Bellier. Of humble origins, she rises to fame and fortune, and with her husband, the happy cuckold, builds one of the most splendid mansions in the Marais (the Hôtel de Beauvais, 68 Rue François Miron).


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