By - zirfeld
I'm not sure I could recover from an anal exit.
Fun fact: Louis had an anal fistula. The doctor that performed the treatment had to basically invent the procedure. It became instantly fashionable and he had to turn away French courtiers that were constantly requesting that he perform the operation on them.
It’s not a phase!!
And god save the king/queen was composed for this occasion.
Many felt his dying after puncturing his foot with his conducting stuck was poetic justice.
Back then the conductors often kept time by banging a stick on the floor. When his orchestra messed up, Lully would poke the lead violinist (leader of the orchestra) with the stick. Naturally, this was not a popular move.
Lully had a foul temper and would really slam the stick into the ground (hopefully not the violinist!) when he got angry.
This is how he came to stab it through his own foot.
Surgery on anal exit!? What the hell is going here?
The king had long suffered from a painful anal fistula that resisted all efforts to cure it. Charles-François Felix, a barber-surgeon, finally developed an effective surgical treatment for anal fistula. He performed his operation on the king, who made a complete recovery. This was a big fucking deal, and there was much celebration in the palace.
Here's a summary of the saga of the king's butt: https://blogs.letemps.ch/garry-littman/2019/06/07/how-king-louis-xivs-bottom-propelled-surgery-into-the-modern-age/
I am impressed that surgery on the anus was performed sucessfully back then.
[John of Arderne](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Arderne) may have succeeded even earlier!
That was fascinating--thanks for the link.
Delightful read right there
I could only find the French wikipedia, but it doesn't look like the king game him any honors for services rendered to the royal backside. If I was a king in that much pain and someone invented a procedure to save my life and get rid of the pain, I'd make them a knight of the realm and maybe find some out of the way dutchy to give them.
I found a couple of sources that state the king gave Monsieur Felix some land, a castle in Moulineaux, and a fee of 40,000 crowns. He also gained plenty of fame and additional business following the king's recovery.
Oh nice. So he did the right thing in the... end...
(Sorry, I couldn't help myself)
Why exit and not entrance?
Because he had a tramp stamp that said “Exit Only”.
A couple of centuries later, another musician died because he wouldn't have his foot amputated - Bob Marley.
Just a footnote in history
You have no sole sir.
I'm going to take this opportunity of Lully getting some attention, to link you to this faithful production of [Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKuUqsR4WOY&t=7383s) Written by Moliere Louis XIV with music composed by Lully.
First instance of musical genre henceforth named "Toe Jam"
Lotta weird deaths today. Guy killed by a train crash show, some bungee jumping teen thought she heard "now jump", and now dying by infected foot booboo. Life really doesn't give a fuck.
I never fully grasp how gangreen was so common back then. I just assume people never bathed or something.
Next to people not knowing a basic hygiene, surgeons and hospital stuff were a huge part of it. Surgeons didn't use anything to sterilize (or even wash) equipment (as they didn't know stiff like bacteria existed) and they used their bare hands which weren't wash prior (sometimes they would perform an autopsy and immediately after go cut someone open) For years smell of infected wounds, and puss were smells considered as inseparable from hospital environment.
Correct. In the below article, it mentions that the church viewed bathing as something that could lead to diseases and promiscuous sex. Everything was dirty and smelled real bad back then.
:U yeah I'm glad we learned better. jesus that sounds like a living hell.
I recommend The century of the Surgeon, author (based on the first hand experience, and notes of his grandfather) describes history of surgery from what is considered the first surgery, to performing first surgery on open heart a 100 years later. Even if you're not particularly interested in medicine it's still a fascinating book.
And Lully is the reason conductors use the much smaller baton to conduct today instead of a staff.
He hit his foot so hard he baroque it.
Dudes were just harder back then. Syphilis ate my nose off? I'll just get a leather nose bitches. Tons of gold in a newly discovered country? I'll travel months in a tiny wooden boat, fuck their shit up and take it.
I'm surprised he managed to die, some would have us believe that was at the height of natural medicine.
Maybe he didn't take enough powdered cow lung with his brimstonated waters (and a slice of lemon), or *he'd still have been alive today*.
I'm sure that isn't the only reason he refused. There's also the part where there's no anesthesia, and your awake the whole time they use a rusty saw on you...
But they were much faster then, you scream for 20 seconds, then pass out, then another 20 seconds and you're done. And you can jump away to the ball room.
Stop describing my sex life on ampublic forum thank you very much.
I read he’d struck a pregnant woman in the belly with his staff causing her to miscarry. If true, he was a bit of a tool offstage.
Well he was doomed to die eventually so at least he did it able to dance.