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It was his personal decision to insist on the full sacramental panoply, including anointment with the sacred oil of Clovis (originally brought down from heaven by the Holy Ghost, or so it was believed) and an oath to extirpate heresy . Going out of his way to dramatise the extent to which the clock was going back, he revived the ceremony of 'touching for the King's evil' (not performed since 1738) , laying hands on 2,400 scrofulous invalids assembled specially in a park and thus claiming semi-divine status as a roi thaumaturge [78, 81] .

Going out of his way to dramatise the extent to which the clock was going back, he revived the ceremony of 'touching for the King's evil' (not performed since 1738) , laying hands on 2,400 scrofulous invalids assembled specially in a park and thus claiming semi-divine status as a roi thaumaturge [78, 81] . As the philosophes did not subscribe to Christianity, let alone the divine right of kings, it is not surprising that they found it difficult to identify with a regime with ideological foundations such as these [82].

Moreover, their essential impotence, and consequent inability to engage in sexual activity except in a perverted form, were often contrasted with the wholesome virility of their servants. The political message was equally clear. As Louis XVI was - of course - depicted as impotent (and not without reason during the early years of his marriage), any number of candidates were suggested in the libelles as the sire(s) of 'his' children . Marie Antoinette, on the other hand, was made to play the role of voracious sexual predator, with an appetite for both sexes as indiscriminate as it was insatiable.

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