PAGE IN PROGRESS What you see here is a page of my hypertext book POWER of meanings // MEANINGS of power. Initially empty, this page will slowly be filled with thoughts, notes, and quotes. One day, I will use them to write a coherent entry, similar to these completed pages. See this post to better understand my creative process. Thank you for your interest and patience!
My personal connection with Louis XIV: First five years on my life I live in an apartment in a town of Peterhof, which is a satellite town of St. Petersburg (my maternal grandfather received this apartment for his military service). Petehof was actually originally created by Peter the Great, the same tsar (kind) who founded St. Petersburg itself in 1703.
This is how Philip Mansel describes Peterhof in his book about the life of Louis XIV: "Despite his personal taste for simplicity, in 1714–23 [Peter the Great] built a vast country palace called Peterhof outside St. Petersburg: it was partly inspired by Versailles, with a park and fountains designed by a pupil of Le Nôtre called J. B. le Blond, and a nearby villa named Marlia [inspired by Marly near Versailles]."