Marie-Antoinette, the Porno-Queen


1931. Y. Gylden publishes in the review on criminology the polyalphabetic table found in Axel de Fersen’s papers. The table allows us to decipher some of the crypted messages in Marie-Antoinette’s letters which do not really shed any light on the Queen’s situation during the turbulent years of the Revolution, or the presumed nature of her relationship with Fersen.

“The only reason for my existence, my beloved one, is to adore you…; Adieu, the most beloved of men…; nothing in the world will prevent me from loving you till the day of my death….” The tone of these lines is clearly Platonic; so I would only like to stress the point that she could have written them without resorting to cypher. Especially since she finds this work particularly tiring, “…I am exhausted by this writing; this is hard work. I am always afraid of forgetting something or making a mistake.”

I am not an apologist for the pornographic work featuring the Queen; to do that I would have to ignore the nature of the genre of political pornography where, like in De Sade’s Justine , the protagonist’s innocence adds the flavor. I do not want to deny the poor woman her only true love either: this would detract from her life: What is the life of Marie-Antoinette without this dimension? I am not trying to create one, just pointing out that the Romantic English garden built around the Baths of Apollo (see the first photo) wouldn’t make much sense as a personalized project in such a proximity to Chateau Versailles, if not for a little cypher in her letters.

See also Marie-Antoinette In Her Grotto; also Patriotic Brothel, XVIII Century Pornographic Theater; also Marquis de La Fayette the  Porn Hero of the French Revolution, also Marie-Antoinette, the Incestuous Queen.

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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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