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A letter from Auschwitz

These stamps are affixed to one of the most moving artifacts I hold: a letter, dated February 23, 1945, written by Professor Henri Limousin, a French prisoner, following his liberation from Auschwitz. It was passed down my family. Here is my translation: Dear Sir: I have the pleasure to inform you that I have been […]

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An Interview of Susanne Dunlap, author of THE SPIRIT OF FIRE

Susanne Dunlap has just released THE SPIRIT OF FIRE, the second installment (already!) of her acclaimed ORPHANS OF TOLOSA trilogy, set during the 13th century during the crusade against the Cathar heresy, in a place that would soon become part of France. She kindly agreed to answer a few questions. What made you choose a […]

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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 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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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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