A Weird Winter’s Tale

la sepulcre du Cardinal RichelieuThis story goes back to the days of the French Revolution; in December 1793 Cardinal Richelieu’s body underwent posthumous decapitation, and according to Alexandre Lenoir, the historian who tried to defend it and was poked with a bayonet, the beheaded body was thrown into a common grave, while the head passed on to a Jacobin leader, Cheval. Some seventy years later, in 1866, the mummified head was re-interred at the Sorbonne, but not before serving a painter, Bonhomé, as a model for the minister’s portrait. Still today its exact location is unknown; some sources report that the head was deposited in a secret location near the tomb, which would mean that the above sepulcher serves as container of nothing — the great void, and the little anecdote I told you.


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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