Top 7 of the biggest scandals at the court of the kings of France

Hear, lovers of indecent affairs, abject immoralities and other political scandals. You did well to stop here, since the royal courts of our dear History of France are provided with dishonorable history of this ilk. Without further ado, then, here are 7 well-chosen scandals that would make any editor green with envy. Closer.

1. The Nesle tower case

Everything takes place in 1314, at the time when the King of France was Philippe IV le Bel. Philippe le Bel, he had three sons (Louis, Philippe and Charles) and a daughter (Isabelle). The scandal is that one day Isabelle revealed to her dad that her three brothers had been cuckolded by their respective wives. Basically, the three daughters-in-law of the king would each have deceived their prince. Two of the adulteries are said to have taken place in the Nesle tower, hence the name of the case. And if at other times in the history of France it was normal to have lovers, things went very badly during the reign of Philippe le Bel. As a result, the king had his daughters-in-law imprisoned and sentenced their lovers to torture and death. Just like that, without flinching. The line of Philippe le Bel will end only a few years after the scandal, partly because of these imprisonments. It’s ugly.

2. Henry III and his minions

No, it is not a new opus of Me, Despicable Me with little yellow men (do you have it?), but from the history of rumors concerning the sexual preferences of King Henry III. The gentleman had had a lot of female conquests at court, following which his mother Catherine de Medici and his wife had asked him to slow down a bit. Only, it is ultimately the effeminate side of Henry III and the fact that he is constantly surrounded by young men that will cause scandal. All opponents of the king began to make fun of him and his “minis” and accuse them of being homosexual. And as much to tell you that in the 16th century, we were not very gay friendly. In fact, we do not know if Henry III was gay or not (and who cares), but the fact of attacking him on his sexuality allowed his opponents to discredit him, and they understood it well.

3. The case of Marie-Antoinette’s necklace

We had already talked about this case in the top of the biggest con artists in history, but not about the scandal that had resulted from it at the court of Louis XVI. It’s a bit long, so we’ll proceed step by step.

The case : BASICALLY, a jeweler had created an ultra luxurious necklace that Louis XV had ordered from him for Madame du Barry, and he had gotten into debt for it. Problem: Louis XV dies before buying the necklace, and the jeweler finds himself with the thing on his arms. Still in debt, he tries to refourguer it to Louis XVI so that he offers it to Marie-Antoinette, but the royal couple refuses because they do not have enough money. This is where Jeanne de Valois comes in, a vaguely noble girl who manages to become embedded in the court. There, she understands that a certain cardinal who is at odds with Marie-Antoinette would do anything to get back into her good graces. Jeanne de Valois therefore decides to imitate the writing of Marie-Antoinette and to write to the cardinal to make him believe that in exchange for a service, he would become her friend. The service is to buy the necklace she would like to acquire and to be reimbursed in several instalments. The cardinal accepts, believing he is lending money to Marie-Antoinette, but on the day of the transaction, Jeanne de Valois brings in a prostitute looking like the queen. The cardinal sees nothing but fire, spins the necklace worth 1.6 million pounds to the prostitute, and is therefore defrauded without knowing it.

The results : Reimbursements not coming, the cardinal and the jeweler end up going to complain to the (real) queen who tells them that she never sent any letters and never wanted to buy the necklace. Big blow. The cardinal is sent to prison in the Bastille, but the court takes it very badly and criticizes Marie-Antoinette, considered far too severe. It is the scandal. The cardinal will finally be judged by the Parliament which will acquit him, and it is Marie-Antoinette who will lose the most in this story since everyone will find it ridiculous that we could usurp her identity so easily. In addition, when she had done nothing, popular opinion will associate her despite herself with this story of fraud. Total humiliation. Some still say today that this case could have a slight responsibility in the outbreak of the French Revolution. It’s crazy.

4. The Deer Park of Louis XV

What is called the “deer park” is a part of the Palace of Versailles built on the site of a former park used for hunting. In this part of the castle, King Louis XV used to meet young girls for sex. His principal mistress, Madame de Pompadour, knew all about it and provided the young girls herself. In short, she was the one who arranged the discreet meetings, and everything was fine like that.

Only, public opinion begins to criticize these appointments. Because even if it was accepted that the king had adventures, the “secret” side of the Parc aux cerfs ended up fueling all the fantasies. It was said that VERY young girls were torn from their families to satisfy the “filthy passions” of the king. In reality, they were young bourgeoises over the age of 13 (yeah, at the time 13 was ok) who were often delighted to be able to sleep with the king because they derived certain benefits from it, including a good bundle of money. But, to the people, the king was just a gross jerk who’d rather fuck than do real royal business, and that tarnished his credibility quite badly.

5. The Poison Affair

The next scandal is a scandal at the court of Louis XIV. The class. Basically, between 1678 and 1682, in Versailles and Paris, there were stories of witchcraft and poisoning among the nobility. Everyone was starting to panic, so the king had to make arrangements like banning witchcraft and setting up a real hunt for poisoners. It ended with several convictions, such as that of the Marquise de Brinvilliers who had poisoned her family to obtain the inheritance, or that of Jean Hamelin, a valet suspected of having tried to poison the king himself. . In the end, around thirty executions and around thirty exile sentences took place before the scandal finally died out. We must not be super serene when we never know if the next sip will be the last.

6. The suppers of Philippe d’Orléans

The one who assumed the role of regent until the majority of Louis XV had his share of scandal. Philippe d’Orleans preferred to live at the Palais-Royal rather than at Versailles, and he regularly organized secret “suppers” there which ended in orgies. As often when things happen in secret, rumors circulated a lot about what was going on inside the Palais-Royal, and everyone attributed to the Regent the worst acts of debauchery, including an incestuous relationship with his own eldest daughter. . A pamphlet of the time even said: “And this admirable prince spends his nights at table, Drowning himself in wine beside his whore. » In short, the guy had earned a bad reputation not necessarily deserved.

7. The madness of Charles VI

The one who was called the “Beloved” ended up earning the nickname of the “Madman” because he had, indeed, serious psychological concerns (probably of a schizophrenic nature). In 1392, the thing became impossible to deny when Charles, aged only 24, was seized with a fit of madness and attacked his own men, killing four, as well as his brother who fortunately managed to protect themselves. After that, he alternated between periods of lucidity and fits of madness, which were increasingly difficult to hide from the court. However, despite this, Charles VI always remained king, which raised a lot of teeth at the time.

Related Posts

error: Content is protected !!