Another Postmodern Rebus at Chateau Versailles


Why did Joana Vasconcelos put these lions at Chateau Versailles? If this is the guard, then perhaps her ironic reference is to the XVII and XVIII century warfare, which historians often call the war in lace. A good example of such war would be the battle of Fontenoy where the English officer first saluted the French and then offered them to open fire upon him; while his French counterpart politely refused, by saying, “After you!”

Maurice of Saxe who commanded the French army that day believed that a good general could spend his military career outmaneuvering the enemy, without ever ordering his soldiers to fire. Another historian called this style of warfare a macabre chess game, for those wars had more to do with dynastic strategies and a lot less with national interests.

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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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2 Responses to Another Postmodern Rebus at Chateau Versailles

  1. la dauphine says:

    love the Fontenoy anecdote!

    • It was Voltaire who described it, but several versions of this anecdote exist. In one of them the English actually toasted the French with portable flasks. Some of the historians point out that behind this bravado was a practical reason, the English were trying to provoke the French into firing first because the side which fired first was at a disadvantage: by firing first the French would virtually disarm themselves, since then the French would have to reload while the English could close up even further and shoot for a greater effect.

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