And Have You Heard of Anyone Since Sodom and Gomorrah Punished for Just that Reason?


One night Princess Palatine saw her husband rub a small medal with the Virgin some place where she would least expect. I guess the idea was to protect the part of the body with which Duke of Orleans took some considerable risks. Embarrassing situation! Duke knew that it was meaningless to explain the value or the function of a holly relic to his protestant wife. All he begged for was her discretion. Liselotte agreed. In exchange she asked not to deflower the relic. Three centuries later we know that she didn’t keep her promise. As for the Duke, history books are silent on whether he kept his end of the bargain.

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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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