Shocking tales from the court of Louis XIV
The French king and his courtiers lived lives without limits
LIFESTYLE Royal history
Louis XIV is one of Europe's best remembered kings, known for ordering the building of the Palace of Versailles, leading an incredibly opulent life, and creating an absolute monarchy in France. Not only did he live in a time when people held many strange beliefs and behaved in outrageous ways (by our standards), he was also an exceptionally odd character himself.
Those who lived within his sphere bore witness to his excessive lifestyle and had to take part to remain in his favor. His reign is an excellent example of what happens when one person is given absolute power and has no one in their lives who says "no!"
Click through the following gallery to learn some of the most shocking details about life at Louis XIV's court.