The Ghosts of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI


In 1815 the Restoration hastily attempts to exhume the royal bodies out of the common grave at Madelaine cemetery. The search goes on for two days. Whom exactly do they find and have buried at Saint-Denis? The body of Marie-Antoinette is identified by gray silk stockings! And next to her? Almost certainly an anonymous male substituted for her husband. History with its infinite sense of irony could be playing a joke on the royalists. What if the bodies that they honor during their rallies are those of Madame Du Barry and Francois Hanriot(1)? 

1. Francois Hanriot, a radical revolutionary guillotined after an attempt to free Robespierre

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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