"His appetite astounded the onlookers and frightened the doctors." —Nancy Mitford, on Louis XIV in The Sun King
371 years ago today Louis XIV was crowned king, kicking off the longest recorded rule of any European monarch. According to Nancy Mitford, he recharged his absolutist batteries by eating copious amounts of pheasant, mutton, raw fruit, and “a huge amount of salad” for supper every evening.
[Image: Artist Unknown. “Equestrian portrait of Louis XIV of France.”]