Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dauphine of France

A rare painting. Via Vive la Reine. To quote from the novel Madame Royale:  
On Trinity Sunday of 1825, Charles X was crowned and anointed at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Rheims. Jewels sparkled like stars within the gothic heights amid the blaze of candles. In the galleries and nave there was a crush of silk, velvet and plumes. The sword of Charlemagne, Joyeuse, was borne in triumphantly, as was the new golden dove containing the Holy Ampulla....Thérèse, weighted by her ermine-lined regalia and the crown jewels, viewed with joy the first such ceremony she had ever witnessed, in the very spot where Jeanne d’Arc had watched the anointing of Charles VII before her fiery immolation. ~from Madame Royale by Elena Maria Vidal


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