Thursday, July 16, 2020

Royals and France


Scandaleuse!

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Marie Antoinette’s World
Intrigue, Infidelity, And Adultery In Versailles
by Will Bashor
History, France | Goodreads
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July 17 - August 14 (here)

This riveting book explores the little-known intimate life of Marie Antoinette and her milieu in a world filled with intrigue, infidelity, adultery, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Will Bashor reveals the intrigue and debauchery of the Bourbon kings from Louis XIII to Louis XV, which were closely intertwined with the expansion of Versailles from a simple hunting lodge to a luxurious and intricately ordered palace. It soon became a retreat for scandalous conspiracies and rendezvous—all hidden from the public eye.

When Marie Antoinette arrived, she was quickly drawn into a true viper’s nest, encouraged by her imprudent entourage. Bashor shows that her often thoughtless, fantasy-driven, and notorious antics were inevitable given her family history and the alluring influences that surrounded her. Marie Antoinette’s frivolous and flamboyant lifestyle prompted a torrent of scathing pamphlets, and Bashor scrutinizes the queen’s world to discover what was false, what was possible, and what, although shocking, was most probably true.

Readers will be fascinated by this glimpse behind the decorative screens to learn the secret language of the queen’s fan and explore the dark passageways and staircases of endless intrigue at Versailles.


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Lady J (2018)
Mademoiselle de Joncquières (original title)
on Netflix
Director/Screenplay: Emmanuel Mouret
Based on book by: Denis Diderot
Stars: Cécile de France, Edouard Baer, Alice Isaaz
Drama, Romance, France | imdb | my rating: 5

Fooled by a notorious libertine, a widow plans her revenge.

BEAUTIFULLY done - the gardens, the home decor, the costumes. Despite snooty despicable people, felt the injustice for a certain someone - sad.


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* image source: Place de la Concorde by Eugene Galien Laloue

* part of Paris in July (here)

2 comments:

  1. I've read a few books about Marie Antoinette and they did shock me. They were written to be sympathetic to her, but part of me was more sympathetic with the starving people outside the palace gates. I still find the period and the people fascinating so I'd read this one.
    The movie looks good and I'd not heard of it before.

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  2. Like Sophia I've read a few about Marie (she is my favorite) and have seen some movies. I always feel sympathetic towards her and the people. Everyone lost. It was a lose-lose. She wasn't meant to rule at all.

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