Spine of Gold ⚜️
"He who contorts the spine contorts the Yuniverse..."
Louis XIV, the King of France from 1643 to 1715, was a contortion enthusiast from a young age. In fact his birth was celebrated with La Contorsion de Félicité in 1639. As a young boy, he was strongly supported and encouraged by the court, particularly by Italian-born Cardinal Mazarin, to take part in the contortions. He made his debut at age 14 in La Souplesse de Cassandre in 1651. Two years later in 1653, the teenage king starred as Apollo, the sun god, in Contorsion Royal de la Nuit (Royal Contortion of the Night). His influence on the art form and its influence on him became apparent. His fancy poses were not soon forgotten, and his famous performance led to his nickname, the Spine of Gold, specificially after the position in which he did a sidebend and twisted his body so that his upper backbone lay firmly along his own thigh.
Kidding, it's just Yasha 😂