Nicolas Fouquet Marquis de Belle-Île, Vicomte de Melun et Vaux

In French

Nicolas Fouquet est sans doute, l’un des personnages les plus fascinants du règne de Louis XIV. Surintendant des finances du roi, découvreur des plus grands artistes du XVIIème siècle,et bâtisseur du splendide château de Vaux le Vicomte Fouquet a connu une ascension fulgurante et l’une des chutes les plus vertigineuses de l’Histoire.


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Remembering His Majesty the Late King Louis XVI of France.

louis-xvi-portraitOn January 21, 1793, His Majesty King Louis XVI of France, well, lost his head on the Place de la Révolution (known today as Place de la Concorde) in Paris.

On January 21, 2013, over 50 commemorative Masses took place throughout France in honor of the late king.

Please click herehere, and here to read several articles (in French) about today’s activities events.

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In French

“Il y a deux jour, c’était le triste anniversaire de l’assassinat de la reine Marie-Antoinette. Pour la 219éme fois, les français et les royalistes ont honoré la mémoire de cette grande reine, de cette mère qui fut digne jusqu’à la fin alors que la tyrannie parisienne la menait sur l’échafaud.

A cette occasion je vous propose de redécouvrir un documentaire de Secret d’histoire présenté par Stephane Bern et intitulé Marie Antoinette intime.”

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“Les Rois de France: Henri IV” and “Louis XIV: Les Passions du Roi Soleil.”

Here are two documentaries (yes, they are in French) entitled, Les Rois de France: Henri IV and Louis XIV: Les Passions du Roi Soleil.

The final documentary, Palais de L’Elysee, discusses the history of the palais which is now residence of the President of France.



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‘The French Revolution, The Monarchy, and Maximilien Robespierre’ Two Documentaries.

Here are two documentaries regarding the French Revolution  “… which abolished the absolute monarchy in France…”  The first documentary, produced by the History Channel, is simply entitled, The French Revolution.  Overall, the program is okay.

The second documentary by the BBC is entitled, Terror Robespierre and the French Revolution.  Here is a synopsis:

The watchwords of the French Revolution were liberty, equality and fraternity. Maximilien Robespierre believed in them passionately. He was an idealist and a lover of humanity. But during the 365 days that Robespierre sat on the Committee of Public Safety, the French Republic descended into a bloodbath.

‘The Terror’ only came to end when Robespierre was devoured by the repressive machinery he’d created. This drama-documentary tells the story of the Terror and looks at how Robespierre’s revolutionary idealism so quickly became an excuse for tyranny, and why a lover of liberty was so keen to use the guillotine.

And, finally, here is the documentary I tweeted earlier.  Nonetheless, I decided to add it to this post.  The program is entitled, Filthy Cities: Revolutionary Paris.

The host, Dan Snow, kindly informs the viewer that in the 18th century inside the famous Château de Versailles it actually smelled like, well, a garbage dump.  Apparently, various writers at the time who visited the palace noted,  “… the squalor inside was unspeakable… the corridors acted like public lavatories for courtiers… livestock even defecated in the great gallery…”


If you can stomach watching the program, because it is a tad gross, click here to watch.

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‘Napoleon’s Rise to Power’ A Documentary About that Short French Dude who Had a Giant Ego.

Here is the documentary about that infamous short dude who became the emperor of the French entitled, Napoleon’s Rise to Power, hosted by David McCullough. 

If you cannot get enough of Napoleon you can also watch the Discovery Channel’s program entitled, Icons of Power: Napoleon Bonaparte.

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“Marie Antoinette: Queen of Fashion” (VIDEO)

Marie Antoinette: Queen of Fashion is hour-long lecture presented by Associate Professor Caroline Weber from the Department of French and Romance Philogy at Barnard College.  Overall, the lecture is quite interesting.   🙂

For more information about or if you would like to purchase Ms. Weber’s book, Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution, you may do so via   🙂

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Random Royal News Regarding His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. Plus, News About the History of Chocolate at Court of Versailles (It’s a Slow News Day)

Recently, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg participated in a charity race in Austria entitled, Ischgl Heroes Challenge.  Click here to read an article as well as to view photos from  It’s in English by the way.   🙂

Finally, on the official website for Château de Versailles there is an interesting article about the history of chocolate at the legendary court.  Click here to read the article. (in English)

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