Posts tagged quotes
Posts tagged quotes
… the look and feel of [the ‘chemise a la reine’] corresponded perfectly to the pared-down look and feel of the Queen’s Trianon, where neoclassical purity and pastoral simplicity were everywhere merged, and everywhere trumped the overdone elegance of Versailles.
—Caroline Weber, Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution
She is a statue of beauty, when standing or sitting; grace itself when she moves.
—Horace Walpole on Marie Antoinette, after attending a ball at Versailles in 1775
I can still see .. .women from the Court astonished by the people who had been admitted near them, adorned and smiling at the change that permitted them to be seated in the presence of the Queen …
Her Majesty wanted two women, the youngest in the group, to give a report … I read, as best I could, two little resumes I had written. The Queen was so good as to come over to me, take me by the hand, encourage me, speak to me about my mother with such praise, about me with such goodness, about my condition (I gave birth the next day) with such interest that it broke my heart.
—Mme de Ménerville, on a meeting of the Maternal Charity that Marie Antoinette hosted in her rooms at the Tuileries Palace.
[translation: Marilyn Yalom, Blood Sisters: the French Revolution in Women’s Memory]
I was deeply affected by this loss that reminded me deeply in my heart [of many others]; yet at the same time it made me feel some consolation in that well-founded hope that she has joined everyone I mourn.
—an excerpt from a letter written by Marie Thérèse Charlotte de France, duchesse d’Angoulême, on the death of her aunt, Marie Joséphine de Savoie, who died on November 13th, 1810.
She had no love for intrigue, struggle, decision, anxious excitements, yet she, of all the Court, proved as a rock of friendship among shifting sands.
—The Princesse de Lamballe, a biography by BC Hardy