Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Classroom skit: the King of France is invited to view the Chateau Vaux le Vicomte

Before Versailles was completed, Louis XIV was invited by Minsiter of Finance Nicholas Fouquet to see the chateau he had recently constructed. It was quite a mistake, because this chateau, Vaux le Vocomte, was finer than anything then owned by le Roi.

Seriously miffed, the king accused the finance minster of embezzling funds from the treasury to pay for the elaborate palace. Fouquet was thrown in jail, his wife exiled and the chateau confiscated. The designers who had created the stunning chateau were hired by Louis XIV to create an even finer palace: Versailles.

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