Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Tuileries: The Eye of the Storm

Catherine Delors continues her series of posts on the history of the Tuileries Palace, describing what life was like for the royal family when they were under house arrest during the Revolution.
There Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were surrounded by a small Court of faithful followers, a pale shadow of the spendors of Versailles. Her closest friend, Madame de Polignac, had already fled France. Now the Queen, deprived of the pleasures and privacy of her beloved Trianon, occupied her days with politics, needlework and knitting, and a daily game of billiards after dinner. The King and Queen never forgot the circumstances of their arrival in their new palace, nor the dangers of its location in the heart of Paris. They were now at the mercy of any riot.

More about the royal family at the Tuileries, HERE. Share

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