|Marie-Thérèse of Spain who married the Sun King, Louis XIV, on June 9, 1666.|
As you have most certainly noticed, for the last few months I have been remiss in my writing in this space. The reasons myriad and as we say in France, “sans intérêt“– not interesting. But I think I have come up with what will be an interesting solution for days when I should be working on other projects (books for example), but still, always, want to talk with you.
Here is what I’ve decided to do: Short blog posts about little known historical facts which I find fascinating. I hope you’ll agree with me.
Because of a reportage I watched on television last night I discovered that Louis XIV would rather eat fruit than chocolate. He was not particularly interested in the rare, expensive, coveted, thickly delicious chocolat chaud that was readily available to him.
The Sun King married his cousin, Marie-Therese, daughter of his sister Elizabeth who was married to the Philippe, the king of Spain, where Marie-Thérèse was born in 1638.
When the young princess arrived in France to prepare for her marriage she brought gifts of chocolate, considered the her country’s national drink, and Spanish oranges for her future husband.
|For every pleasure, a specific “utensil” like this beautiful silver hot chocolate pot.|
She loved chocolate, he preferred oranges.