By Alain Baraton
Au palais des monarques, le drame est roi : assassinats, forfaits en tous genres, règlements de compte, empoisonnements, attentats, disparitions, duels, vols et complots hantent le domaine. Versailles, c’est l. a. grande boutique des horreurs. realization toutefois, l’histoire, dans l. a. demeure de Louis XIV, a le goût du classicisme et de los angeles bonne mesure. Pas de chiens écrasés en gown d’époque, mais des machinations, machiavéliques, implacables comme des tragédies grecques, des meurtres, sanglants, atroces, mais qui ne laissent pas de taches, des mystères, épais comme le velours des tentures et qui n’ont jamais été élucidés. Le palais du Roi Soleil a aussi une half d’ombre, méconnue: plongeons en frissonnant, dans son éclatante obscurité.
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For whether in singing or in dancing, above all others he will be the most diligent and enthusiastic: he will rise early in the morning, will say his Hours,23 will piously attend Mass, and will take off to hunt game while lazier lovers are still sleeping; that’s how he will avoid the sin of Sloth, following the words of the philosopher Epicurus, who says, Ocia, vina, dapes caveas ne sit tibi labes; vix homo sit castus requiescens et bene pastus. ’ Saint Bernard has more to say about the dreadful sin of Sloth: Vidi stultos se excusantes sub fortuna: vix autem diligenciam cum infortunio sociabis; sed minus infortunium a pigricia separabis.
THE LADY: ‘‘First of all, I desire and command that above all else you love God with all your heart according to the commandments of Holy Church, and to the very best of your abilities. Furthermore, I wish and command that, after God and as best you can, you love and serve the Blessed Virgin Mary above all else. Beyond this, I want and command that you love and commend yourself to the very blessed True Cross upon which Our Lord suffered and died to save us; the Cross is our true sign and our only defense against all our enemies37 and evil spirits.
Even if she had no desire to feel love for him or for any other man, nonetheless, nature, justice, and reason will compel her to love, honor, and esteem him all the more. She should be overjoyed by his honor and his advancement, and on the other hand, she should be sorry for his misfortunes, whatever kind of lady she may be. Whatever his rank or nobility may be, as I’ve said, she will never fail to come to his aid, if necessary, with her goods and possessions, otherwise she should be considered base, ungracious, fit to be cast out from the worthy and then thrown body and soul into the wide, putrid abyss of the sin of Ingratitude—although I have never heard of a single lady like that.
Vice et Versailles: Crimes, trahisons et autres emprisonnements au palais du Roi-Soleil by Alain Baraton