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Mirror of History

Louis XIV famously once said Fashion is the mirror of history but as we all know, sometimes mirrors show us things we don’t want to see. I was looking around for some inspiration for my Resistance Ball dress, when I discovered the work of an...
From: streets of salem on 5 Apr 2019

Séminaire – « Monuments et documents de l’Afrique ancienne : Recherches en cours en histoire, histoire de l’art et archéologie » : Sur le vif ! L’Africain dans l’œil colonial d’Ancien Régime (9 janvier 2019)

Adrien Richard de Beauchamps, Négresse à la houe et Commandeur, 1842, aquarelle, Pointe-à-Pitre, musée Schoelcher Dans cette communication, Anne Lafont propose de saisir l’occasion de penser la question des documents...
From: Le blog de l'APAHAU on 21 Dec 2018

Voltaire and the La Barre affair

250 years ago, on 1 July 1766, the young François-Jean Lefebvre de La Barre was executed in Abbeville, Picardy, having been charged with blasphemy in the summer of 1765. The first reference to La Barre in Voltaire’s correspondence is in a...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 30 Jun 2016

Dominic Pearce on the Civil War Queen

I am delighted and excited that Dominic Pearce's biography of Henrietta Maria of France, wife of King Charles I, is available now from Amberley. Henrietta Maria's marriage coincided with the clash between parliamentarianism and absolutism in Britain,...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 15 Nov 2015

Marianne Bereft: A Reflection on the early public reaction to the Paris terrorist attacks

A historian is always caught somewhere between pedantry and pragmatism. In reaction to last night's massacres in Paris, thousands of people have taken advantage of a Facebook app that allows them to alter their profile picture to be superimposed by the...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 14 Nov 2015

Tudor coronations

The August edition of Tudor Life, a members e-magazine which I have the privilege to edit, is now available via the Tudor Society. 22nd August is the Feast of the Coronation of the Virgin in the Church calendar, which gave me the idea for an issue themed...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 5 Aug 2015

My Top 10 Books of 2014

Good evening! This was a great year for books, I think. The year started of well for fans of the sixteenth century with Lauren Mackay's fantastic biography of the diplomat Eustace Chapuys, which I reviewed and loved. If you're interested in the Tudor...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 29 Dec 2014

Stagestruck: the making of a theater industry during the late Old Regime

The theater at Lille. During the decades preceding the French Revolution, city-dwellers in France became swept up in la théâtromanie, a cultural phenomenon that extended far beyond Paris to include cities throughout France and its empire. In my recent...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 16 Dec 2014

The ghosts of Versailles

Stephanie Dale as Marie-Antoinette (seating) with Rebecca Lenaghan as Gabrielle de Polignac This December, I have been working on a revival of my play The Gate of the Year, the storyline of which is based on the outbreak of the French Revolution. Beginning...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 5 Dec 2014

"The man who could have saved the French monarchy"?: Amos McCormack gives an interview about playing a modernised version of Monsieur Necker

With his name Anglicised to Jack Necker and his vocation modernised into one of television interviews and mass party rallies, The Gate of the Year's interpretation of Louis XVI's penultimate prime minister before the storming of the Bastille is certainly...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 20 Mar 2014

"His God and his country": David Paulin's interview on playing the prince who inspired the ultra-Right

David Paulin as the prince who became Charles X in The Gate of the Year In the glittering world of high society before the revolution, few stars burned brighter than Louis XVI's youngest brother, Charles. Tall, handsome, athletic, boundlessly exuberant,...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 16 Mar 2014

Emma Taylor talks about Marie-Antoinette and "The Gate of the Year"

"I would rather die bravely than live without honour": Emma Taylor as Marie-Antoinette in Act II of The Gate of the Year After playing Imogen Dawson, the flamboyant party girl in Popular and The Immaculate Deception, Emma Taylor played...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 14 Mar 2014

Rebecca Lenaghan talks playing Madame de Polignac

Revered as one of the most iconic beauties of the eighteenth century and reviled as a symbol of pre-revolutionary society's elitism, Gabrielle de Polignac, a duchess who befriended Marie-Antoinette, has had a chequered history. In The Gate of the Year,...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 12 Mar 2014

"The Gate of the Year" review

David Paulin (left) as Charles of Artois and Jordan Dunbar as the Count d'Adhemar de Montfalcon in The Gate of the Year, the story of the French Revolution updated to the modern day. Ireland's wonderful Eile magazine very kindly called my new play...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 8 Mar 2014

"The Gate of the Year"

This week, my newest play The Gate of the Year is premiering in the Belvoir Players' Studio in south Belfast. The Gate of the Year imagines the events of the French Revolution from a few months before the famous attack on the Bastille fortress until...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 2 Mar 2014

Auditions for "The Gate of the Year"

I am very excited about a performance in February of my new play, The Gate of the Year. If anyone in the Belfast or County Down area is interested in auditioning, the information is below: - A new play by Gareth Russell, author of Popular and A History...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 8 Dec 2013

The Ring of the Heavens: Marie-Antoinette's jewellery

Tea at Trianon has a profile and link to this beautiful ring, which once belonged to Marie-Antoinette.
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 4 Aug 2013

The economic causes of the French Revolution

In his 1943 book The Queen's Necklace, the late, great Hungarian writer, Antal Szerb, eloquently questioned whether the traditional links between economics and the French Revolution are accurate. Rather than a case of grinding national poverty, Szerb...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 22 Jan 2013

Blues and whites

They're my favourite two colours together. Elena Maria Vidal's blog Tea at Trianon shows some of Marie-Antoinette's favourite combinations.
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 29 Nov 2012

Director Benoît Jacquet discusses the lesbian undercurrents in "Les adieux à la reine"

The stunning movie Les adieux à la reine, or Farewell, My Queen, in English, has caused quite the stir because it allegedly depicts Marie-Antoinette (Diane Kruger) as being a lesbian or bisexual, who was in love with her gorgeous best friend, the Duchesse...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 12 Nov 2012

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