The courtesy of a prince meets the graciousness of a king

December 13, 2010

The Prince of Condé, having won numerous battles, was coming to greet Louis XIV, who awaited him at the top of a staircase. As he suffered from gout he walked slowly.

“Please excuse me Sire if I make you wait. My gout…”

“Take your time, cousin. One cannot walk briskly when arriving loaded with so many victories.”

Reception of Le Grand Condé at Versailles (1878), by Jean-Léon Gérôme.

Vicente Vega, Diccionario Ilustrado de Anécdotas (Barcelona: Gustavo Gili, 1965), p. 848. ( translation.)

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 33

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