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An Eighteenth-century French Case of Mudslinging

Let’s be honest here: We’ve seen some really nasty anti-Obama stuff come out within the last four years, and we always complain about how nasty political ads are during election season. Sometimes we wonder if a it’s a solely American trait, since there are several past instances of election campaigns getting downright and drag-down nasty.

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Books

“Before the Storm” by Melanie Clegg

What do you get when you mix Georgian England, pre-Revolutionary France, and Edith Wharton’s The Buccaneers?

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Books

“Farewell, My Queen” by Chantal Thomas

Well, it seems as though I am on a French Revolution kick this week! There’s my post from Monday about Theresia Tallien, and now there’s this. “Farewell, My Queen” by Chantal Thomas tells the story of Marie Antoinette’s last few days at Versailles right after the fall of the Bastille on July 14, 1789.  The book […]

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History

Notre Dame de Thermidor: Theresia Carbarrus Tallien

The fall of Robespierre had been a long time coming during the last days of La Terreur. As Robespierre grew more paranoid and began to send his closest political allies to the guillotine, it became obvious that he had to go. Everything came to a head on the fateful day of 9 Thermidor. And it […]