The XVIII Century Master and Slave Dialectics


In 1769 Madame Du Barry received in her service a seven-year-old Punjabi boy sold to Duke Richelieu by an English captain. This boy, nick-named Zamor and re-christened as Louis-Benoît, played an important role in the life of the countess. As his godmother Jeanne happened to be very attached to Louis-Benoît; and since Louis XV’s favorite had no children of her own, the boy’s wardrobe and education received her full attention. As an adult Zamor continued in Du Barry’s service as a governor; but by the time of the French Revolution he joined the Louveciennes Jacobines club and denounced his mistress to the Commission of Public Safety; his testimony at the process of the countess was decisive: he was privy to the information that led to her conviction and execution. As for Zamor’s own death, it was peaceful, in 1820 he died of hypothermia in his unheated Parisian apartment.

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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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