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Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV$
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Hugh Gaston Hall

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.001.0001

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La Félicité and La Prospérité

La Félicité and La Prospérité

(p.200) 10 La Félicité and La Prospérité
Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Hugh Gaston Hall

Oxford University Press

Jean Desmarets's first and last plays for the Palais-Cardinal theatres were intended for performance with ballet, as some of his other plays may also have been. Before the ballet-prologue for Europe two other great celebratory political ballets — La Félicité and La Prospérité — as principal poet, dancer, and choreograph. There are important themes not only of La Félicité but also of La Prospérité and of the ‘Prologue’ to Europe, on which Desmarets is known to have been working around this time. Another source records the celebrations in Italy, especially in Venice. Displays included an emblem that depicted the Dauphin on a globe, dominant over parts of the world. In Paris, Jesuits arranged spectacular festivities, including one in which an artificial sun, by shedding light on a moon, produced dolphin crowned by two angels, on a background of royal insignia in lights.

Keywords:   Jean Desmarets, Palais-Cardinal, ballet, Europe, La Félicité, La Prospérité, Dauphin, plays

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