The Spring of Marie-Antoinette

This is all that is left of the famous spring of Marie-Antoinette. The spring was renown for its medicinal qualities: the courtiers and the domain’s visitors flocked with flasks to fill: the water was said to alleviate everything from stomach pains to nervous disorders.  Today we have more accurate information, so the pipe , as you may see, has been stopped to protect the followers of Her Majesty’s cult. Not potable! The chemical analysis has revealed traces of arsenic among several other toxins. Indeed, the revolutionaries had to hurry up with the execution of the Queen, they knew that she was bleeding internally, that is in XVIII century terms, dying of something, probably cancer.

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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