Demi-monde refers to a group of people who live hedonistic lifestyles, usually in a flagrant and conspicuous manner. The term was commonly used in Europe from the late 18th to the early 20th century, and modern use often refers to that period. Its connotations of pleasure-seeking contrasted with wealth and high-class behavior make it comparable to the later jet set or nomenklatura.
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OP wrote: Suffragette, Britain, 1911. Women of Britain & the U.S., never waste your right to vote. These women fought, died and starved for a right we now take for granted. It doesn't matter who you vote for, vote because you can. It's a right still denied to millions of women around the world.
1878 Sarah Bernhardt (October 1844 – March 1923) was a French stage and early film actress, and has been referred to as "the most famous actress the world has ever known". Bernhardt made her fame on the stages of France in the 1870s, and was soon in demand in Europe and the Americas. She developed a reputation as a serious dramatic actress, earning the nickname "The Divine Sarah."
Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, better known as Madame de Montespan, was the most celebrated maîtresse en titre of King Louis XIV of France, by whom she had seven children. Madame de Montespan was called by some the true Queen of France during her romantic relationship with Louis XIV due to the pervasiveness of her influence at court during that time. She is an ancestress of several royal houses in Europe, including those of Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Portugal.
I have more than a small fascination with Victorian images of elderly people, as I love to think about that fact that many of them (such as this unidentified couple from 1850) were born not in the 19th century, but in the 1700s hundreds. It's astonishing to think that we can look upon the accurately portrayed faces of people that deeply rooted in the past. #Victorian #man #daguerreotype #vintage #antique #couple #woman #elderly #family
Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, marquise of Montespan 1640–1707 was the celebrated maîtresse en titre of Louis XIV. She was more Queen than mistress and they had 7 children together. She was known for her forceful personality, beauty and seductive charms. Their affair was passionate and fiery but after years of continuous pregnancies coupled with her enthusiasm for good food she became obese. Louis tired of her and the Affaire des Poisons ended her reign.
1956, German World War II prisoner, released by the Soviet Union, is reunited with his daughter. The child had not seen her father since she was one-year-old.
Anna Maria (Marie) Mancini (August 28, 1639 – May 8, 1715) was the third of the five Mancini sisters; nieces to Cardinal Mazarin who were brought to France to marry advantageously. Along with two of their female Martinozzi cousins, the Mancini sisters were known at the court of King Louis XIV of France as the Mazarinettes.