Welcome to Versailles!

This blog is dedicated to the L'ancien Régime or Ancient Regime of the French monarchy before the revolution. Take a tour around the royal family's residences at Home of Kings, read about the Kings, Queens and nobility and the strict etiquette that dominated Versailles. If you have a taste for architecture take a look at A Palace is Created for some of the original drawings for what is now Versailles.

Remember, this page is constantly being updated so remember to check back soon to find out more about the most extravagant court the world has ever seen.

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If you are wondering about a specific aspect about life at Versailles or a specific topic found on this blog, then feel free to submit your question at this page and I will get back to you as soon as possible

32 kommentarer:

  1. You must be as obsessed as I am with 18th Century as I am and much more organized to have put together such a fantastic blog. Very impressive! I will be back to read your posts often.

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    1. thank you so much! I really love life at Versailles and I'm so glad that you like my blog :)

      Slet
  2. I've been looking at your blog some more and am amazed at how thorough and complete it is! I'd like to email a question to you, but don't see your email address on the blog….

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  3. A fascinating and very thorough blog which must have taken ages to research and design. Very obviously a labour of love!

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    1. Thank you! It has taken quite a while to put it all together but it is something I am happy to do

      Slet
  4. Thank You so much! I really do love all the photos and floorplans! Especially those of The Petit Trianon. Good job!

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  5. Thank you, I'm so glad you like it! I am in the middle of updating the photos since I found a better way of displaying them :)

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  6. A fabulous blog!! I love it!

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  7. Been browsing your blog. Love it!

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  8. Hello, I love looking at floor plans of castles and palaces and am obsessed with them especially Versailles. I have had a question for many years about Versailles that you might be able to answer. Do you know how people would have got from the first floor to the hall of mirrors on the second floor? Which stair case they would have used and which rooms they would have walked through to get the the hall of mirrors? There doesn't seem to be anyway to get there without walking through the rooms of the king and queens apartments. Do you know anything about this topic? Thank you!

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  9. Hi! I have an odd fondness for floor plans as well but that should not come as a surprise :) People would indeed walk through the King or Queen's apartment to get to the Hall of Mirrors. We sometime tend to imagine these apartments as private but the King and Queen's apartments were open to everyone - even their bedrooms. It was only their private rooms that was off-limits. I hope that answers your question, if not just ask again :)

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  10. Hello! I really adore your blog, it has so much amazing information about Versailles! I have a question for you. I am currently writing a novel set in Versailles, and I can't seem to determine where exactly the courtiers who served the king slept. I know the Chateau de Versailles website mentions that the established courtiers were accommodated in the Grand Lodgings or the Stables. Do you know where this is within the premises of Versailles? What it would have been like, or the interior perhaps? Do you have any information about the daily lives of courtiers in Versailles, more specifically during the reign of Louis XVI? I visited Versailles many years ago, but I was fairly young and didn't remember much, so if you know anything, that would be really helpful. :) Thanks so much for an awesome blog! :)

    Audrey

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    1. Hi and thank you so much ! The most prominent courtiers had their own apartments within the château where especially the north wing was dedicated to this purpose while the south wing was mainly reserved for princes. Other courtiers were lodged underneath the roof in tiny, cramped apartments while others rented houses in the village of Versailles or - more popularly - Paris.
      Remember, that the courtiers only performed the duties that would involve direct contact with the King whereas the everyday tasks would be left to a smaller army of servants.

      If you have any more questions, feel free to ask :)

      Louise

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  11. Thank you so much! Do you know where exactly in the North Wing they would have been accommodated? Thanks again, this is really interesting! :)

    Audrey

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    1. Actually, the entire North Wing was used for this purpose since all the apartments of state were located near the King and Queen's apartments

      Slet
  12. Hi i am incredibly amazed with your blog! Thank you very much. I was wondering if you could point me towards a better understanding of how the ranks inside the court were established and how this was represented in objects, for example i understand that depending on the rank each person had to sit in a type of chair, but i haven't found pictures of these chairs, or pictures of how the apartments differed from one noble to another depending on their rank. I hope you can enlighten me on this matter, for everything else your blog has been incredible to read :) thank you!

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  13. What a fabulous blog! So much to discover here.

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  14. How do I find the floor plans? Is there are title page or something that I can click onto specific areas? Looks a great blog 😊

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  15. Can you tell us who had rights of entry? Also Ive heard that some courtiers had only 1 door open for them while some had both doors open for them

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    1. Hi Josh,

      Is there a particular right of entry you are looking for? If so is it an exact list of courtiers you seek?
      Indeed, certain courtiers - depending on their rank - was only entitled to having one door opened while others had both.

      Slet
  16. Amazing! Thank you so so much! I´m a fashion design student and this has helped me so much, and you will of course be credited. Keep up the good work! Blessings!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad you have found some use of it :D

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  17. Hello from Australia! We currently have a Versailles exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia and your blog has been fantastic to help me study for the exhibition. Many thanks. Marianela

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    1. I am definitely going to check out the link! So glad you like the blog :)

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  18. http://nga.gov.au/versailles/

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