Louis XIV as Apollo in "Le Ballet de la nuit." Painting by Henri Gissey 1653 via Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Louis XIV as Apollo in "Le Ballet de la nuit." Painting by Henri Gissey 1653 via Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

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Pierre Mignard, French Baroque Painter : Louis XIV in coronation robes,

Pierre Mignard, French Baroque Painter : Louis XIV in coronation robes,

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Louis-xiv-lebrunl - 1650–1700 in Western European fashion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Louis-xiv-lebrunl - 1650–1700 in Western European fashion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Louis XIV and his brother, le Duc d'Orleans A stark contrast; breeched and unbreeched.

Louis XIV and his brother, le Duc d'Orleans A stark contrast; breeched and unbreeched.

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King Louis XIV of France (born Sept. 16, 1638). Known as the Sun King, Louis XIV of France succeeded to the throne when he was 4 years, 8 months old. He built the palace at Versailles. He died in 1715.

King Louis XIV of France (born Sept. 16, 1638). Known as the Sun King, Louis XIV of France succeeded to the throne when he was 4 years, 8 months old. He built the palace at Versailles. He died in 1715.

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Louis XIV (5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi-Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1643 until his death.[1] His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of monarchs of major countries in European history.[2]

Louis XIV (5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi-Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1643 until his death.[1] His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of monarchs of major countries in European history.[2]

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Louise Marie-Thérèse, the Black Nun of Moret is rumoured to be the daughter of Maria Teresa of Spain, wife of Louis XIV of France. Apparently the Queen had an affair with her African attendant, Nabo, who came from Dahomey and was given to her as a gift. Louise Marie-Thérèse was whisked away secretly to the distant convent of Moret where she remained until her death in 1732.

Louise Marie-Thérèse, the Black Nun of Moret is rumoured to be the daughter of Maria Teresa of Spain, wife of Louis XIV of France. Apparently the Queen had an affair with her African attendant, Nabo, who came from Dahomey and was given to her as a gift. Louise Marie-Thérèse was whisked away secretly to the distant convent of Moret where she remained until her death in 1732.

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Detail, Testelin. Note the ribbons at his breeches, shirt, cravat and on his right shoulder.

Detail, Testelin. Note the ribbons at his breeches, shirt, cravat and on his right shoulder.

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