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[文化博览] 【整理】2012-07-06 凡尔赛宫:国王的梦想 Dream Of A King—2

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[Homework]【整理】2012-07-06 凡尔赛宫:国王的梦想 Dream Of A King—2

本帖最后由 wendyxanadu 于 2013-5-29 19:50 编辑

As a monarch with absolute power, Louis wasn't used to being told what to do, and he didn't much like it. From the outset, Louis was thinking big. He started by hiring the greatest architect of the age, Louis Le Vau, to transform the hunting lodge into the palace of his dreams.

Louis was to devote much of his energy to his new project, but he was always sure to make time for his other great passion. Although married to Queen Marie Therese, he had numerous affairs. His current mistress was a young aristocratic beauty called Louise De La Valliere.

Louis's attitude towards women was one of tremendous enthusiasm. He really loved women. He didn't just love them for sex, he loved their company, he loved their conversation, he loved their elegance, he loved women who were witty and refined. Most of all, I think, he loved women because they teased him and made him laugh.

He had a trememdous sexual appetite. He would quite often, if his mistress was too slow in taking her dress off, have a turn with her lady's maid while he was waiting or a passing servant in the corridor of Versailles. He made love the way he did everything else with enormous gusto.

A French king was expected to have a mistress. It's what symbolized the virility of the nation. And, you know, 100 years later, poor Louis XVI, the French were furious with him, because he didn't have a mistress with him.

Louise De La Valliere was Louis XIV's first official mistress. She was the lady waiting at the court. She was guileless, charming daughter of a good family. And she adored the king and it was irresistible, because she convinced him, quite genuinely, that she loved him for himself. And I think this is what the young king wanted to hear. I think he had a very good time.




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