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Re: New Weekly: Versailles

Postby Lariel172 » 02 Sep 2018, 06:18

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Lady Name: Lariel
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Aah, at last, the Château de Versailles, the official Royal Residence of France under the "Sun King", Louis XIV.

The Gilded Cage.

As beautiful as the palace and the gardens were, however grand the parties and fine the food, that is all that it will ever be for nearly all of the nobles that resided there. The rules, the stakes, were quite clear in this matter: The Nobles that agreed to stay in Versailles right under Louis XIV and his family were pacified with more titles, monies and all the grandeur that Versailles had to offer. The Nobles that did not? They found themselves soon bereft of titles, in debt and disgrace soon enough. Thus, their "choice" to stay in the palace wasn't much of a choice at all.

What good are titles, wealth and prestige if your freedom, the right to go where you please, as you please, is taken away? No good at all, I would say. In this, the common man was "richer" than a Noble of Versailles.

Alas, this was merely an observation, not a bitterness I could speak of from personal experience. I am the daughter of an Emperor, not of this country at all. While my Darling Husband, cousin to Louis XIV and known to many as a "Man of Many titles", "The Bluest of Blood" is the Prince du Sang (Prince of the Blood), the Prince etranger (Foreign Prince) and Duc et Pair (Both Duke and Peer of the France). My beloved Father and Grandfather insisted, that if I were not to be married to a Sovereign, than only someone of many titles, of power and influence whose birth and divine status could never be questioned would do. There were other reasons, of course, as to why I could not marry an Emperor, King or Crown Prince. My family could not bear the thought of me being forever pulled away by another ruler, another country and a look at history showed that, however unlikely, a woman can become the Empress or Queen of her realm in her own right. If ever something had befallen my brothers, I would be the heir to the Imperial Throne and my claim would not be questioned. After all in intelligence, diplomacy, bearing and love for the people, I was equal to my older brothers and the people loved me just as much, if not more as their "Beloved Princess".

It was the match of the century in my opinion--my husband was handsome, intelligent and loved as well as respected me deeply. And while I always lived in luxury as a Princess, my husband ensured I wanted for nothing, supporting my love of books and art, as well as my need to gain power politically and financially in other kingdoms by forming alliances, friendships and trades with royal families around the world. All he asked in return was for my love, loyalty and respect. For conversation, for laughter.

To embrace his romantic attentions and to stay in our bed--our marriage bed, I reminded myself with a smile as my husband wrapped one arm around my waist and used the other to take my hand, giving it a not-so decent kiss.

"It is not so bad here, my Love," my beloved whispered to me after yet another Duc and Comtesse greeted us, complimenting my beauty and how fine our clothes were. "We can enjoy the luxuries of the Chateau de Versailles and leave whenever we tire of it. No other can boast of this," he soothed, pressing a discreet kiss to the back of my neck.

"Darling, we never boast." I lightly scolded, leaning into his touch. "And it is only due to the fact that you are the Royal Family's favorite cousin and that Louis fears my Father's wrath and army if he tries to keep us here that makes it so that we are not caged like the others." I whispered back, quietly batting away my husband's hand as it tried to slide lower. "Trying to get me with child again?"

"Always, my Heart," he chuckled. "Besides...on the carriage ride here you admitted that my cousin's plan to centralize power in France and keep his court in check was a brilliant one."

"Yes, but it still doesn't stop me from this feeling of...near pity for the people in this Gilded cage." Near pity, as aside from us and the royal family, there were actually people that wanted to be there, like the King's many mistresses. My Grandparents, having befriended Suleiman, Kangxi and many other rulers along with their families, told me of the importance of being the "confidant" to not only the rulers, their spouses and children, but also to their courtesans and servants. 'It pays extremely well to be a careful listening ear,' they would say. 'The information and power you gain is worth more than gold'. Thus, I was not only a dear friend to Maria Theresa, the Queen of France, but Louis' many lovers thought of me as their important confidante and 'Elegant Friend'. Mind you, I didn't think of all of them--if any--in the same regard, save for the kind and respectful Marquise de Maintenon and some of the male lovers of a few Ducs and Comtes.

"Look at them, Darling. They all believe themselves to be the most beautiful, to eclipse their Queen. They all desire to replace her, except for Françoise. Where such greed and vanity comes from, I do not know." I quietly said to my husband, a calm expression on my face as I observed two of Louis' mistresses vie for his attention. It was all for naught, however as the Sun King spotted us and promptly walked over, embracing us warmly. We both knew of the King's desire for me, but also that nothing would come of it. My husband and I would never be unfaithful to one another and Louis cherished his cousin's friendship and political influence.

Speaking of family and friendship... I smiled at my Cousin-in-law. "Where is Your Queen? I have yet to see Her Majesty," I ask lightly.

"She is in bed, I'm afraid, and quite ill." the king lamented. "It may be a day or so before Her Majesty feels well enough to see the Court, although the letters you share have given her much strength."

"Her letters always bring me much joy as well," I agreed, sighing. "Oh, Dearest Maria. It must be due to her arm again," I added sadly. Although I am glad she doesn't have to witness you panting over your bedmates.

My brilliant spouse, never one to miss an opportunity, in his most caring voice said "If Your Majesty will permit us, it would be our honor and pleasure to attend to Her Majesty. We both have missed her so, and I know My Wife will not be able to truly enjoy the festivities until she sees The Queen at least once."

At that, a soft, grateful smile graced The Sun King's lips. "Merci, my Cousins. My true friends. Of course, You may tend to Her Majesty. I am sure that, with your love for her and light, she will be well again in no time." He embraced us once more, kissing our cheeks. "We shall speak later, at Dinner." Which meant that naturally, we would be seated next to Louis on one side, with one of his courtesans on the other.

With a bow and curtsy, we walked away from The Sun King, my beloved's arm still secured around my waist, lightly caressing the finely embroidered gold and cream silk of my gown. "See, my Heart? It is not so bad--I got us a few hours reprieve from everyone and you get to see your dearest friend."

I nodded, squeezing the arm around my waist. "Thank you, my Love. We shall need the hours, for as soon as we return, we will have to play our own parts on this Grand Stage of Courtiers, becoming witness to this....circus. Lending our smiles to the sycophants..."

My husband cut me off with a deep, passionate kiss. Slowly pulling away, I could see the triumphant smirk on his face. "And our ever commiserating, listening ears to the residents of Versailles, High and Low."

Still a bit dazed from the kiss, I laughed. I had taught my Husband well. "And our listening ears," I concurred before pulling him in for another kiss.

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