Category Archives: Toys of Revolution

The Court of Perfume

The Perfumed Court, that’s how they nick-named Versailles in the XVIII century: Louis XV insisted that perfumes be changed every day, while some of the fountains gave off the monarch’s preferred aroma; there were different perfumes for different occasions and for different … Continue reading

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Toys of Revolution (Continued)

I do not come here often. There’s the same old merchandise since the nineties. What do they carry? Well, the souvenir shops carry the four sizes of Eiffel Tour, postcards showing a dozen or so views of Versailles, fake XVIII … Continue reading

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From Libertine to Liberty and Back

A soldier, a diplomat, a spy, and a writer of erotic novels, Andrea Nerciat had lived a life as picturesque as that of any of his characters. But unlike his erotic novels, joyous and free of any violence, his life … Continue reading

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… the moon over the shoulders of mountains, executioner scratching his back with an ax…

The cattle wouldn’t go anywhere near the Revolution Square, today’s Place de la Concorde: 2 625 people, butchered on the same spot, have saturated the ground with blood. The team of five executioners (Charles-Henry Sanson, 53 years old, sons et al) … Continue reading

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Relics at Carnavalet

One of the marks of the XVIII century is the appearance of the so-called sentimental ring. This is an inexpensive ring which serves to identify its owner with a cause, emotion, or idea. The ring may show professional, political or religious affiliation. It … Continue reading

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Quay Brothers At Musée Carnavalet

On the third floor of the museum there is a small shelf where you can see some personal belongings of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI, the ones the king and the queen  were allowed to keep while they were locked up … Continue reading

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