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King Louis XVI of France

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Louis XV (1710-1774), known as Louis the Beloved (Louis the Blessed), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who reigned as King of France from September 1 , 1715 until his death. He succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five. Until his maturity in 1723, his kingdom was directed by Philippe d’Orléans, Duke of Orleans, Regent of France; the duke was his maternal grand-uncle, as well as the twice-cousin removed patrilineally

September 1, 1715: Advent of Louis XV .…………………………………………. …           Louis XIV died in Versailles on September 1, 1715, four days before his seventy-seventh birthday. No one in the world will have reigned as long as he (72 years). The Sun King leaves a France at the height of its power but exhausted by wars, especially the last one: the war of the Spanish Succession. His great-grandson of 5 years succeeds him under the name of Louis XV. The Sun King instituted by will a Regency Council chaired by Duke Philippe d’Orléans (41), first prince of the blood. But as he is wary of this nephew, who has the reputation of a debauchee, and is eyeing the throne, he plans to entrust the education of the little king to the duke of Maine, the son he had of Madame de Montespan! Dissatisfied with these dispositions, Philip of Orleans asks the Parliament of Paris the following day to break the will. In exchange for this service, parliamentarians get their right of remonstrance restored to them. Fatal concession that will alter the royal power until the Revolution! If the wishes of the late Louis XIV had been respected, perhaps the bourgeois revolution of 1789 would not have taken place. And Louis XV certainly would not have sunk so much into debauchery

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour.Jeanne Poisson, the stubborn, ambitious, witty and erudite catches the eyes and heart of French King Louis XV at a costume ball. She was amaster in the art of seduction to be accepted even by the queen, a corpulent mother of ten years older. As a “favorite” royal mistress chosen judiciously, she is soon ennobled Marquise de Pompadour to facilitate her introduction to the court. The immature dolphin (crown prince) is a relentless and implacable enemy, joined by his imposing wife, Saxon, and his sister on his deathbed. Although friends in court help the Pompadour to return, her health has deteriorated. She was the owner of the Elysée Palace: today the house of the French president

 The Grand Salon Salon of King Louis XV of France at The Castle of Champ-de -Bataille in the department of Eure Haute-Normandie, France. A baroque castle, it was built in the 17th century for Marshal Crequi. In 1650, Alexandre de Créquy – Bernieulle was arrested and exiled to the province by Cardinal Mazarin. He built the Château du Champ-de -Bataille between 1653 and 1665. The interiors renovated by the decorator Jacques Garcia

The governor of Chandernagor (India) offered Louis XV a rhinoceros. After a two-year journey, the animal landed in Lorient. There, he had to wait two and a half months for a special ox cart to be transported to the royal menagerie at Versailles, where he would be exposed to the public for twenty-two years. During a stopover at the Ile de France (today Mauritius), the public was admitted on board to come see him.

Writer Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, who was among the visitors, noticed that the rhinoceros was strong and nasty but that he tolerated, however, as a friend, a little goat who shared his hay between his legs He will be found dead September 23, 1793, his remains will be transported to the Museum of Natural History where we will realize the first modern taxidermy operation on an animal of this size. At the time of its restoration in 1992, it was realized that his horn did not belong to him: it was an African black rhinoceros horn which had been added to him, the original having disappeared.

Grande Galerie de l’Evolution – Museum d’Histoire naturelle – Paris.

Music: Te-deum for the victories of Louis XV

………………………………. For music lovers, sale of “Te deum for the victories of Louis XV” by the baroque ensemble of Nantes. Recorded live at the Royal Chapel of Versailles in June 2015, this CD is dedicated to the Lorraine composer Henry Madin (1698-1748) who ends his career as Master of Chapel at the Court of Louis XV. This Te Deum has not been played for more than 250 years when Daniel Cuiller recreated it in the same place where it was last given in 1757 to the King.

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Right hand of the statue of King Louis XV of the Place Louis XV in Paris (today renamed Place de la Concorde) . Carnavalet museum, Paris (this is the only remaining fragment of the statue of Louis XV, destroyed by the revolutionaries in 1792.).

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