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Demolition of the Bastille by Hubert Robert

The Bastille: in the shadow of a fortress

Truth be told, I miss the Bastille. The current column that stands where the old fortress towered above passersby seems very bland by comparison. What a building the old Bastille must have been! But 18th century Parisians had a grimmer take than I on the fortress. It was used as a weapon and ammunition depot […]

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Ave Maria

Today if the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. I would like to share two musical renditions of the great marial prayer, the Ave Maria

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The Rue Saint-Nicaise attack: meet the assassins

Let us begin with Joseph de Limoëlan, the head of the conspiracy to assassinate Napoléon Bonaparte in Paris. He was 34 years of age at the time of the attack, a tall, handsome man with blue eyes and dark hair, gold-rimmed spectacles and an aristocratic air. After years spent as a Chouan, a royalist insurgent, […]

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Malware warnings: false positives. And Happy Pentecost Monday!

I am VERY happy to report that we have identified the source of the virus warnings some readers were getting while visiting this blog. The site itself is clean, as we thought, but a line of code had been embedded into my footer in early May to ward off the effects of the worm that […]

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Malware warnings on the blog

Dear Readers, This past month has not been a happy time for this blog. I was hacked three times in two weeks while being hosted at Godaddy. At first Godaddy blamed its clients for using updated versions of WordPress, for having weak passwords, etc. Neither applied to me, or to most victims of the hacking. […]

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The last days of Anne Boleyn

Just as I was writing my latest post on the 400th anniversary of the assassination of the bon roy Henri IV, I was finishing C.W. Gortner’s beautiful Confessions of Catherine de Medici (more on this one soon…) Also rereading Madame de Lafayette’s Princesse de Clèves, featuring, among other historical characters, the same Catherine and her […]

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Claude and Camille Stephanie Cowell

Claude and Camille giveaway: and the winner is…

Esme, who is in for a treat, the great love story of Claude and Camille Monet.

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Claude and Camille Stephanie Cowell

Coming tomorrow: a guest post by Stephanie Cowell, author of Claude and Camille

Whenever visiting the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, I was always struck by the deathbed portrait of Madame Monet by her husband Claude. “Pretty” pastel colors, as in many Impressionist paintings, but at the same time a sense of infinite sadness, of utter bereavement. I knew of the passionate love between Claude and Camille, his many […]

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Boucher spring

Welcome to the new Versailles and more!

I have been working very hard these past few months to bring you this new blog, and it is heartening to see at long last the result of these efforts. Where should I begin? You may notice we now have 7 articles on the home page. I picked some long time favorites, and a few […]

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Madame Victoire Roslin

Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday and Lent

Yes, Tuesday was Mardi Gras, yesterday was Ash Wednesday and we have now entered the season of Lent. An opportunity to look back at last year’s posts on these topics: – The boisterous celebration of Carnival in Paris, – The hardly more decorous happenings in Versailles, where, under Louis XV, the Ball of the Yew […]

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