Marie of France, Duchess of Champagne

For this week’s Femme Fatale Friday I have chosen Marie of France, Countess of Champagne!    This will be a very brief post about this French princess who became a Countess.  Marie was the daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Louis VII of France.    She would be married off the the Duke of Champagne.…

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Queen of Fashion

For today’s post I wanted to do a book review of a biography of Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France! Marie Antoinette has been the subject of many biographies.    Some good, others not so well researched.   My favorite biography of the last queen of France is titled Queen of Fashion.    I…

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Prisoner Queens

Many queens throughout history have been held captive.    Obviously, the Tudor queens who had been executed were held prisoner first.    Anne Boleyn spent from May 2, 1536 to May 19, 1536 (when she was executed) in the tower.    Likewise, Katheryn Howard and Jane Grey spent time captive before they were executed.   …

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My Top Five Films Featuring Marie Antoinette

Today I would like to count down my five favorite films that are set at the end of the French monarchy.    These films, of course, feature Marie Antionette as a character.   The actress playing Marie Antoinette, and her talent at interpreting the role play a huge part in where the film ends up…

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The Cultural Legend of Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn is a historical figure who has obtained legendary status.    This also means that she is a figure that has been misunderstood over the years, and one that it is near impossible to entirely pin point.    There is a question over whether we could ever truly know who she was. We do…

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Queens as Polyglots

A polyglot is someone that speaks multiple languages, and we can see some important queens numbered among them.    Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, and Mary Queen of Scots all spoke at least six languages! It is unsurprising that royal children would be given the education that would allow them to speak multiple languages.    What is…

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The Perrault and Grimm’s Tellings of Cinderella

The Grimm Brothers version of Cinderella is much different from the Charles Perrault one that was made most famous as the basis of the Disney classic!    Of course it is true that both versions offer the same basic story.    An orphaned girl is left in the care of her wicked step-mother upon her…

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The Phantom of the Opera

Gaston Leroux’s tale of a deformed man, named Erik, haunting a beautiful young woman at an opera house in Paris is one that has become iconic.    This is likely due to the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that has been a Broadway smash since the 1980s!   This happens to be my all time favorite…

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My Top Five Mary Queen of Scots Portrayals

Today I would like to count down my top five Mary Queen of Scots portrayals!  Number 5: Clemence Posey Gunpowder, Treason, Plot ~This mini-series had the first part focused on Mary and the second on her son.   I love that French actress Clemence Posey played Mary.   She does a good job, and the…

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