Tag Archives: Louis XIV of France

Une Défense

In a tale that’s too bizarre not to be true. On April Fool’s Day, a thief broke into the Museum of Natural History in Paris and attacked an elephant skeleton with a chain saw in order to steal its tusk. The … Continue reading

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Faire entendre sa voix

French sculptor Charles Antoine Coysevox (kwa-zuh-vo) was born on September 29, 1640. He was an early bloomer, producing his first statue of note when he was only 17. Fortunately for him, he caught the eye of Charles Le Brun, the … Continue reading

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L’État, c’est moi

Louis XIV was born on September 5, 1638. I feel about him much the way I do about Napoleon – equivocally. Both men marked the history of France more than virtually anyone else, and both men waged war on a … Continue reading

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