Category Archives: American Revolution

March, Ben Franklin Meets Louis XVI

22 March 1778, it was cold and Benjamin Franklin was dressed in a brown velvet outfit but had neither a wig nor sword about him as he entered the Crystal Gallery where the court, ambassadors and all the twenty Americans … Continue reading

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The Real-Politik Ghosts of Versailles

Today this building is a public library, but it was conceived by Duke Choiseul to host his Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as that of the Marine. And simply because the second half of the XVIII century brought into being … Continue reading

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Laughing On the Fourth of July

Monday. The Chateau Versailles is closed. They are busy making another TV series about Marie-Antoinette. Two months ago it was Louis XVI, the Man Who Didn’t Want to Be the King. Actually, he wasn’t sure. Good title though. I think it’s a … Continue reading

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