Historical Moment

During the years between 1649 and 1653, when King Louis XIV was a young boy, there was a revolt by some nobles against the absolutist authority of the government that had been created by Cardinal Richelieu.  This revolt was called the Fronde.  By choosing Saint Louis as the posthumous identity for Voiture, Champaigne was declaring his loyalty to the young king, who had the same name as King Louis IX, Saint Louis.

French embassy