Tuesday, September 1, 2015

300 yr Anniversaire of the Death of Louis XIV

Chers Amis de L'Ecole du Bon Goût,

1st of September 2015 marks the 300 yr anniversarie of the death of Louis XIV.

To my judgement he was the greatest king of France ever and he reigned for 52 years! Many malign him for what they see as “his self aggrandizements”: the wonders of the Château de Versailles, Marly, the Louvre, etc., but if you look deeper into this big and complex picture, like Joan DeJean did in her splendid book, “How Paris Became PARIS: The Invention of the Modern City,” you will see that Louis was purposefully using architecture and all the arts to further the development of France at all levels. Among the many sweeping innovations, he made Paris the first city in the world with night lighting, a bus system and an intercity postal system. These innovations had ripple effects stimulating progress in daily life at many levels for the centuries to follow.

Though we don’t have Louis XIV on the throne of France today, there are many material souvenirs of his period that remain. Looking around the Au Vieux Paris inventory, I put together a selection of items in stock which are 300 years old or older which would have been created in Louis’s lifetime or before for your amusement.

Tres Cordialement, Robert d'Uzés

Visit the Au Vieux Paris Antiques homepage (click here)
Browse a sampling of the merchandise available (click here)

Mes amitiés,
Robert E. Smith (337) 332-2852


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