Wake up La Fayette!


This is the house where General Marquis de La Fayette spent the night from the 5 to the 6 October 1789. This is the house of his in-laws : 1 rue Carnot in Versailles; and it is here that the hero of the American Revolution earned himself the nick-name of General Morpheus.  The building is right in front of the Hotel Reservoir, the former residence of Madame de Pompadour, within a three minute walk to Chateau; so, I imagine that when the National Guard soldiers reported to their general that the palace had been invaded, he brushed his teeth, god dressed, had a cup of coffee with a freshly-baked croissant and was off to meet the dawning of a new era! That morning La Fayette accomplished the program of the French Revolution, he made Louis XVI sign the Bill of Rights and the Abolition of Privileges and transported the royal family to the golden cage at Tuileries. This is the morning when the absolute monarchy was reduced to the constitutional one and when Versailles ceased to be the capital of France, and became a quiet provincial town with a ghost palace.

See also La Fayette, the Porn Hero of the French Revolution, Mao and the French Revolution, A Gay Couple on the Eve of the French Revolution, etc.

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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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