Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday and Lent

Madame Victoire Roslin

Madame Victoire, by Roslin

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 Trees saw the Dauphine dance all night with a cook, and the King pay much attention to an ambitious young woman, who would soon be known as the Marquise de Pompadour…

– The penitential mood of Ash Wednesday, Mercredi des Cendres,

– And last but not least, the religious scruples of dear Madame Victoire during Lent.

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