Aspects of the Embassy to Siam 1685

Aspects of the Embassy to Siam 1685

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The Chevalier de Chaumont was the devout and unbending ambassador of Louis XIV to King Narai of Siam in 1685, and the Abbe de Choisy, famous for his gambling debts and transvestite exploits, was his unlikely coadjutant. This is the first complete English translation of Chamont's account of his emba ...more

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He was born in Paris. His father was attached to the household of the duke of Orléans, and his mother, who was on intimate terms with Anne of Austria, was regularly called upon to amuse Louis XIV. By a whim of his mother, the boy was dressed like a girl until he was eighteen, and, after appearing for a short time in man's costume, he resumed woman's dress on the advice--doubtless satirical--of Madame de La Fayette. He delighted in the most extravagant toilettes until he was publicly rebuked by ...more