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trivia ‘toinette! Why the Comtesse de Polignac Got an Upgrade

The real reason why Marie Antoinette’s best friend was upgraded from countess to duchess. Continue reading

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tiara time! Marie Thérèse’s Diamond Tiara

After the Bourbon Restoration, especially once she was dauphine, Marie Thérèse required many a parure to suit her rank. Most of these jewels were lost, dismantled or sold, much like the 18th Century French Monarchy. (That simile was weak! Sorry.) … Continue reading

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Trivia Toinette #14: Marie Thérèse had 5 Different Titles in her Life.

And I mean changes in status, rank. I’m not talking about extra honorifics like Prince of Wales, Earl of Chester, Duke of Rothesay and Duke of Cornwall or that list the Duchess of Alba’s got going on. My tax-return is … Continue reading

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Young Marie Antoinette in Riding Dress

This painting was Maria Teresa’s favorite likeness of her youngest daughter. According to lore, the Empress hung it in her study in Vienna. Given what we know about Maria Teresa’s workaholic proclivities, she must have looked at it often. Maria … Continue reading

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Trivia ‘Toinette July 4th Edition: M@ & General Lafayette had a real Sam-&-Diane thing

Well, not really but M@’s opinions of LaFayette had at least three 180-turns, for lack of a better metaphor. Blew hot & cold, definitely. In your Blog Hostess’ relentless attempt to post something AND goof off on a national holiday, … Continue reading

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The First Blade

Originally posted on Versailles Gossip:
  Another remarkable artifact to see at the Museum of Crime is the blade of the first guillotine. This blade is from La Place de Greve — that is  where the executions would traditionally take…

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Marie Antoinette: Somebody Finally Ate Cake

Well, somebody FINALLY ate cake…well, much like those blood-thirsty crowds who tore the Princesse de Lamballe to shreds, Cristina Aguillera’s birthday guests got to finish the job with an artisan 3D cake depicting none-other than Marie Antoinette. As you can … Continue reading

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