So great is the Crowd

As a contrast to the previous post about solitude, here’s a wonderful quote from a dispatch written by the Papal Nuncio Bentivoglio  to Cardinal Borghese. He describes the early 17th century French court…

It is impossible to imagine how great the confusion is at present. They seem fond of a grandeur full of tumult and noise intruding not only in the audience chambers and in public view, but on the King himself. I sometimes despair of being heard, as there is scarce space between my words and the ears of the king, so great is the crowd.’

Court of Louis XIII

Court of Louis XIII

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