I took coach, to see a general muster of all the gens d’armes about the city, in the Bois de Boulogne, before their Majesties and all the Grandees. They were reputed to be near 20,000, besides the spectators, who much exceeded them in number. Here they performed all their motions; and, being drawn up, horse and foot, into several figures, represented a battle.

“Louis Le Grand Commandant son armée devant Cambray” [Louis Grand Dauphin] by Jean Dieu de Saint-Jean. Date: 17th Century.