Madame Elizabeth

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When in 1794 Madame Elisabeth was addressed at her trial as a sister of the tyrant, she observed that if what her accusers said were true, she wouldn’t find herself in the situation where anyone could address her that way. Elisabeth was certainly more reactionary than her brother, although more pragmatic; for example, on 5 October 1789 when the Parisian crowd made it to Versailles, she was the only one to suggest to fire canons. By 1814 Napoleon remarked about the Bourbons that women were the only ones who still wore pants in that family.


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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