I’ve become a regular reader of Weave a Garland, Jackie Hodson’s wonderful blog on 17th century history.

Today’s post is a moving portrait of the care of Sun King‘s father, Louis XIII, by his doctor, Héroard.

I was pained to read, for example:

“When just two days old, the dauphin Louis had trouble suckling so Héroard brought in a surgeon who cut the membranes beneath the infant’s tongue in three places—a common enough practice but Louis, for the rest of his life, was afflicted by a stutter and he often had to poke his tongue out of his mouth and hold it between his lips.”

No wonder Louis XIII was shy and withdrawn.