I remember reading that workers pooped in the hallways of Versailles for their own pleasure some years ago, but can't find a confirming source by Googling. Can anyone enlighten me as to the actual history and whether what I heard is correct?
I found my copy of The Clockwork Universe. On page xvi of the preface, the author writes:
"Well over a century later, hygiene had scarcely improved. At about the time of Louis XIV's death in 1715, a new rule was put in place requiring that the corridors in the palace at Versailles be cleaned of feces once a week."
The cited reference for that information in the book is: Katherine Ashenburg, The Dirt on Clean, pg. 116.
It seems unlikely that the workers building it would be conscientious about not defecating in the hallways when the residents who moved in once it was complete felt that doing so was perfectly acceptable.