Life at Louis XIV's opulent palace of Versailles was in many ways more primitive than life at court
A priest would say grace to begin the festivities, then bowls of scented water were passed in which the guests were to wash their hands, but not in the same bowl as the host or anyone one of higher status, unless specifically invited to do so.
In the earlier part of Louis XIV's reign soup was served in a two-handled porringer, from which each guest drank in turn. Even when individual soup bowls came into existence, everyone dipped into the tureen with his own spoon.
Etiquette in the court of Louis XIV defined every phase of court life from the lifting of a gentleman's hat to a lady, to how one sat at a banquet table ... no crossed legs. The men might split their pants!
People practice different modes of etiquette from culture to culture and from generation to generation. To enter a chance to win a copy of my book set in the court of Louis XIV, In The Shadow of the Sun King, leave a comment and answer this question: What common courtesy have you seen change from your generation to the younger one today?
Golden Keyes Parsons writes historical fiction, and is also a popular retreat/conference speaker. Her highly acclaimed Darkness to Light Series (Thomas Nelson) chronicled the journey of her French Huguenot ancestors in 17th century France. Her fourth novel, His Steadfast Love, is a Civil War novel set in Texas. Her latest release is a compilation of four novellas (WhiteFire Publishing) – a biblical fiction series entitled Hidden Faces, Portraits of Nameless Women in the Gospels. Golden lives in Waco, TX, with her husband, Blaine, where they enjoy their children, grandchildren and are avid sports fans of their alma mater, Baylor University. You can contact her at www.goldenkeyesparsons.com.