Saturday, 9 November 2019

The Courtiers' Lodgings

Besides the royal family, certain aristocrats were entitled to a lodging at court. These would be the ones who were occupying key positions in the royal households; consequently, they would be near at hand whenever their master or mistress required their services. In truth, the apartments were constantly changing. Depending on status, employment and royal favour courtiers were moved from one apartment to the next. Furthermore, once settled in their new accommodations, it was not uncommon to petition the king for renovations to be done. These included usual upkeep but additions too - as a result, the layout of apartments changed quite a bit over the years.

The "Bâtiments du Roi" was in charge of the king's buildings (hence the name) and produced several lovely floor plans of both entire wings of the château and individual apartments. This gives us an insight into exactly who lived at the palace at which times. The nobles below were not in the immediate royal family but still lived at court and is not an exhaustive list. The years depend on the time when the floor plans were created. Note that the royal family's key members (king, queen, dauphin, dauphine etc) were mainly housed in the Corps Central. Therefore, few other courtiers were on the main floors.

Generally, there were four floors (besides the basements) were courtiers could be lodged. This include the attic apartments and the mezzanines. The posts in this category are meant to give an insight into the types of apartments available at Versailles; therefore, I have chosen a wide variety of people and positions. Stay tuned as new posts are uploaded describing individual apartments in detail!

1 comment:

  1. Hi, quick question, what were in the basements? What did they look like? Also while i'm here, were the young children of nobles allowed to live with there parents at court?