Enter the world of grandeur and luxury at the Palace of Versailles, the opulent home of French royalty that epitomized the glamorous life of a king. Yet, behind the dazzling façade existed a world of peculiar etiquette and strict regulations. Every aspect of court life, from dress codes to door-knocking, was intricately governed. Seating arrangements were strictly based on rank, with kings and queens lounging in armchairs while duchesses perched on stools. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Take, for instance, Princess Dakor’s bathroom habits. She believed her pure blood made it unfit for her to use a chamber pot. But that’s not all! French kings were obsessed with elaborate ceremonies, including special wake-up calls, bedtime routines, and waking-up ceremonies. Seating was limited to mass, comedies, or card tables, turning even the most mundane activities into a spectacle.
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Top image: French nobles. Source: Archivist / Adobe Stock.