02.12Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: 02.12

February 24, 2012

Downton Abbey Inspired Fashion and Style for Everyday

I loved the costumes in Downton Abbey this season.  Now that we are waiting for season 3 of Downton Abbey,  I thought I would put together a list of items that would fit into one's wardrobe (modern items) that could be Downton inspired.

February 21, 2012

Bad Influences?

"...I found, as I so often do, that whatever is blameworthy in the Dauphine's conduct is due to the promptings of her aunts."

A letter by the Comte de Mercy to Maria Theresa

February 07, 2012

Dairy Queens, Bastards, Jest and more Books to check out

Gerber, Matthew. 2012. Bastards: Politics, Family, and Law in Early Modern France. New York: Oxford University Press.
My reading list is getting bigger again (every now and then I go a little crazy and book browsing turns into heavy duty book shopping!...I am not alone right?)

So I thought I would share some of the works I am most excited about with you!

February 03, 2012

Exhibition: The 18th Century City / 18th Century Google Maps!

The latest exhibition at the Grand Palais is called France in Relief, Masterpieces from the collection of relief maps of Louis XIV to Napoleon III. The show features amazing scaled-down maps of some primary European cities made of wood, paper, metal and silk.  In a way, they are like the 18th century version of Google Maps.