Category Archives: Louis XVI

In the Bedroom of a Princess

The princesses’ apartments are finally ready! Millions were waiting! Tourists from all over the world are crowding in. There is the Polish bed in the Transitional Style of 1770’s. See how it goes with its side against the wall. The … Continue reading

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Life of a Princess

It is a little awkward, but I am yet to meet a boy who would like to be a prince — a fireman, a policeman, maybe even a gynecologist, anything but a prince; consequently, it is to the aspiring little princesses that … Continue reading

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Taking of the Bastille, Louis XVI’s Perspective

It is often ignored by the historians that ever since 1784, that is five years before the revolution, Louis XVI was planning to destroy the Bastille. Not only that, his intention was to erect in its place a monument to … Continue reading

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Versailles “Secret” (Diplomatic Correspondence: Denon to Vergennes)

“The Queen, who pretends to run things around here, talks a lot and never finishes anything. Violent and passionate, she is a victim of her tastes, and all of her politics is an attempt to reconcile her tastes and the … Continue reading

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From Sublime to Ridiculous — Enlightenment

Voltaire swore to Catherine of Russia that he adored her, and as the evidence he sent the Empress a picture of himself looking at her portrait. In the etching below, made after a water-color by Denon, Louis XVI pays his … Continue reading

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The French Revolution and the Origins of Restaurants

The restaurants as we know them today appeared in the first year of the French Revolution. The explanation is simple — most of the aristocrats had fled the country, while their unemployed cooks went into business for themselves. The most … Continue reading

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A Mystery to Behold at Chateau Versailles

Yesterday Chateau Versailles inaugurated the exhibition Versailles and Antiquity. A little obscure? Sure. The name accommodates both the real antiques from the royal collection, as well as  some XVII and XVIII century objects inspired by antiquity. The most mysterious of them … Continue reading

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The Favorites of Marie-Antoinette

For sure Marie-Antoinette had some weakness for men in uniform; she also gave preferential treatment to foreigners; and we can imagine that foreign men-in-uniform would make a pretty bad public relations campaign for any queen; but fortunately Versailles Court was cosmopolitan enough … Continue reading

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That Devil with a Limp

“Talleyrand never failed to sell those who bought him,” assures us Aimée de Coigny. Fair enough, the enormous wealth, women and intrigue is what made the Great Chamberlain a bridge between the XVIII and XIX centuries. Napoleon, shocked by his … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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