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Titillating Tidbits About Marie Antoinette

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"Alas, Fouché's enthusiasm had proved a little too effective, for when the blood from the mass executions in the center of Lyons gushed from severed heads and bodies into the streets, drenching the gutters of the Rue Lafont, the vile-smelling red flow nauseated the local residents, who irately complained to Fouché and demanded payment for damages. Fouché, sensitive to their outcry, obliged them by ordering the executions moved out of the city to the Brotteaux field, along the Rhône."…

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In the eighteenth century, fashion called for women to expand themselves vertically and horizontally. Robes were widened with panniers and hair was elevated with pads. Hairstyles were elaborate and quite often raised to other-worldly proportions. Hair was combed, curled, greased with pomade, and dusted with powder. Cushions or pads were inserted to give height, while false hair gave length. Another trend was to style the hair according to a theme adding items like toy ships, gems, or vases…

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Titillating Tidbits About the Life and Times of Marie Antoinette: The Hair Raising Art of Leonard, Physiognomist

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Decrypting The Secret Letters of Marie Antoinette & Axel von Fersen Many people have heard about the reputed love affair between Marie Antoinette and the Swedish Count, Axel von Fersen, but few realize that the pair maintained regular correspondence throughout the royal family's captivity in the Tuileries Palace.

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Marie Antoinette's Would-Be Friend: Marie Sophie Hélène Béatrice de France Princess Sophie On July 9, 1786, Marie Antoinette woke with vague pains in her abdomen and a general feeling of unwellness. Although heavy with child, she doubted her discomfort was being caused by labor pains.

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Titillating Tidbits About the Life and Times of Marie Antoinette: Marie Antoinette's Would-Be Friend: Marie Sophie Hélène Béatrice de France

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Have you ever visited a museum or historic home and happened upon an object that made your fingers itch to touch it? That happened to me over the summer when I visited the Wallace Collection, an amazing museum filled with French antiques in the heart of London. I strolled into one of the rooms and saw a pair of silk-upholstered beechwood, gilded chairs and my fingers began to twitch. I knew they had once belonged to Louis XVI, even without glancing at the placard affixed to the wall…

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The rise of sugar cane plantations in the 18th Century, particularly on the French islands of Martinique and Saint-Domingue, allowed impoverished French noblemen the opportunity to rebuild their wealth. Many white plantation owners took African mistresses. Soon, the islands were filled with mulatto children. Some were treated kindly by their fathers and even afforded a superior education; others suffered the pain of not being accepted by either race.

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Much has been written about Louis XVI's faithful sister, Élisabeth-Phippine-Marie-Hélène de France, but did you know he had two other sisters?

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Do you spy the monkey in the bottom left corner of the above engraving by Hogarth? Does the creature seem to be out of place in the eighteenth century salon? Perhaps. But, did you know that in 18th Century France, many aristocrats kept exotic animals as pets?

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Titillating Tidbits About the Life and Times of Marie Antoinette ~ Marie Antoinette adored flowers and used them copiously in her personal adornments and decorations. Indeed, it is nearly impossible to find a piece of furniture, wallpaper, or accoutrement that belonged to Marie Antoinette that has not been embellished with flowers.

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