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Friday Finds 9

How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair, by Jonathan Beckman – This is a detailed historical account of the scandal over a diamond necklace that may have been one of the causes that led to … Continue reading

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Encore un moment!

The last official mistress of Louis XV, Jeanne Bécu, better known as the comtesse du Barry was born on August 19, 1743. She was the illegitimate daughter of a seamstress and possibly a friar. Mother and child moved to Paris … Continue reading

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Formation continue

For years, we’ve been following programs from The Great Courses. They hire the top professors to lecture in their area of passion and they produce them in DVD or CD formats. They have all sorts of options to appeal to … Continue reading

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Les Liaisons dangereuses

Scandalous French author and general Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos was born on October 18, 1741. In his early career as a soldier, de Laclos grew bored with life in the barracks and began to fill his time with … Continue reading

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Mémoires d’outre-tombe

French writer, politician, diplomat, and historian François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand was born on September 4, 1768. He was the son of an aristocratic but dysfunctional family from Saint-Malo. His father was a morose slave trader and his only close friend … Continue reading

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Un citoyen

Louis XVI was born on August 23, 1754. I’m sure you all know that he was executed following the French Revolution, but what don’t you know about him? his real name was Louis-Auguste he was his parents’ third son, and … Continue reading

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Femme, réveille-toi !

May 7, 1748 is the birthday of Olympe de Gouges, born Marie Gouze. She was an early feminist and abolitionist. De Gouges had an early, unhappy marriage and moved to Paris after his death a year later where she had a string of … Continue reading

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