Sun King, Exposed

Illustration: Vilhelm Pedersen / torso: Farnese Hercules in Alexander Gardens, St. Petersburg — copy of antique sculpture by Paolo Triscorni, made in late 18th century.

Give some writers real life events and they’ll convert them into cute children’s stories, subverting the edgy details into moralizing fluff for taming little brats, while inflating the supposed parental wisdom.

Well, here’s how it went.
I was still king then, before I left that nonsense and moved to this mountain retreat and became a writer. The country was obsessed, as most are…