The Women of Trianon

Who are they? Whose face is missing on that poster? When the revolution of 1830 came about, on 26 July Charles X was holding Council at le Grand Trianon. Then bam! The door got kicked in and shooting a gun-powder-only-loaded pistol, some kind of a transvestite addressed His Majesty with a stream of profanities…. Meet Marie-Charlotte de Bourbon-Siciles, the daughter-in-law of the last French king.

The feathered Scottish hat was chosen by the painter, Thomas Lawrence, as an allusion to the Romantic narratives of Walter Scott; indeed two years after Charles X’s abdication Marie-Charlotte secretly returned from her exile to claim the French crown for her son; at first she was ignored by the police, then thrown in jail where the princess gave birth to a girl. When two years after Marie-Charlotte was escorted to Italy, her second husband was waiting for her there.

There is something of Princess Diana in Marie-Charlotte. In the Memoirs of Countess de Boigne we find the following dialogue between Charles X and Duke Maille on this sensitive for the royal family subject:

“How do you find her?”

“Abominable, Sire.”


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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