Naked Cooks, Excrement, Rats: The Secretly Disgusting History of Royal Palaces

Louis XV's toilette
Louis XV’s toilette at the Palace of Versailles.
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In July of 1535, King Henry VIII and his court of over 700 people embarked on an epic official tour. Over the next four months the massive entourage would visit around 30 different royal palaces, aristocratic residences and religious institutions. While these stops were important PR events for the king, designed to spark loyalty in his subjects, royal households had another reason entirely for their constant movement. History.com

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